Current Conditions

11.0°C

Joey Chestnut gets mustard yellow belt and fiancee

In this July 3, 2012, file photo, hot-dog eating champions Joey Chestnut, left, and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas pose for photographers at City Hall Park in New York, during a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Coney Island Fourth of July international hot-dog eating contest.
Image Credit: AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File
July 04, 2014 - 4:49 PM

NEW YORK - High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.

The San Jose, California, resident fell far short of his record last year of 69 dogs and buns, but he still easily beat second-place finisher Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, who downed 56.

"Winning was the only option," the newly engaged champion said afterward. "I wasn't going to taint today with a loss."

Chestnut took a quick timeout before the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island to make it official with his longtime girlfriend, Neslie Ricasa, who is also a competitive eater.

In the women's division, defending champion Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas lost her title to Miki Sudo.

Sudo, of Las Vegas, wolfed down 34 franks and buns. Thomas, of Alexandria, Virginia, devoured 27 3/4.

Chestnut has won eight times in a row. In 2010, his former rival Takeru Kobayashi refused to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating, the food equivalent of the NFL, and was banned from competition.

This year, the Japanese native, nicknamed the Tsunami, competed against five other eaters at a separate event in Manhattan in a quest to down the most hot dogs without buns in 10 minutes. He was victorious in that bun-less eat-off, downing 113 frankfurters, an event spokeswoman said.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
The Associated Press

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • Murder victim found in Kelowna orchard identified
    KELOWNA - The identity of the woman whose body was found in a Kelowna orchard last week has been made public on social media. Kelowna resident Russia Katalina Nicholson was just 23-years-old
  • Nasty weather forecast for Thompson, Shuswap tomorrow
    THOMPSON-SHUSWAP - The Thompson and Shuswap could be in for some blustery weather tomorrow by midday. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of strong wind gusts a
  • RCMP ask for help and warns of a possible risk to public safety
    VERNON - The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning the public and asking for their assistance in an ongoing investigation. When a woman reported being threatened by a man with a firearm in
  • Emergency crews respond to Enderby car crash
    ENDERBY - Drivers are facing delays this morning on Highway 97A between Enderby and the Starlight Drive-In as emergency crews respond to a car crash. The collision happened this morning, Oct
  • UPDATE: Missing Kamloops teen located
    UPDATE: 5:06 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 KAMLOOPS - RCMP say a missing 18-year-old girl has been located. All personal information about the missing person has been removed from this
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile