Nathan's Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Date: 07/04/2009
Location: Coney Isand, NY
Winner: Joey Chestnut, Nathan
Total Prizes: Eternal glory, Mustard Yellow Belt, $20,000 total prize purse

Joey Chestnut today won the Nathan's Famous July Fourth International Eating Contest by eating 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, 3 1/2 more than Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, his arch-rival.

Patrick Bertoletti consumed 55 HDBs in 10 minutes to place third, closely followed by Eater X. (Complete results below.)

A record crowd assembled at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island under clear blue skies for the event, which was aired live on ESPN. Police unofficially estimated the crowd to be 40,000.

A highlight of the event was the Coney Island Strongman, who performed a death-defying feat on a bed of nails, placing an anvil on his chest and allowing his sons to hit it with sledgehammers.

Four different Ringling acts also captivated the audience, a remarkable number of whom had travelled from great distances to attend the event. Sonya Thomas set a new record for females by eating 41 HDBs -- a record in both the 10- and 12-minute HDB-eating disciplines.

1st: Joey Chestnut - 68 HDBs
2nd: Takeru Kobayashi - 64 1/2
3rd: Pat Bertoletti - 55
4th: Tim Eater X Janus - 53
5th: Bob Shoudt - 41 3/4
6th: Sonya Thomas - 41
7th: Hall Hunt - 38.5
8th: Erik Denmrk - 38
9th: Juliet Lee - 34
T-10th: Gravy Brown - 30
T-10th: Badlands Booker - 30
12th: Jim Reeves - 28.5
T-13th: Crazy Legs Conti - 25
T-13th: Pete Davekos - 25
T-13th: Sean Gordon - 25
16th: Marco Marquez - 23
17th: Micah Collins - 21
T-18th: Franco Camerini - 14
T-18th: Bob Coccodrilli - 14
Rich LeFevre wasn't able to attend the event and did not participate due to illness.