Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest
Location: Coney Island, NY
Winner: Joey Chestnut, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs
Total Prizes: $20,000 total cash purse
Number-one-ranked eater Joey Chestnut won his fourth straight title by winning the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, downing 54 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in oppressive heat to retain possession of the Coveted Musted Yellow Belt.
In second place was Eater X of New York City with 45 HDBs and in third was Patrick Bertoletti of Chicago with 37. The 100-pound Sonya Thomas ate 36 and Bob Shoudt consumed 34.
Erik The Red Denmark consumed 32, Gravy Brown ate 31, Allen Goldstein 28, Ben Monson and Juliet Lee 27, Sean Gordon 26.5, Pete Davekos and Badlands Booker 24, Crazy Legs Conti 20, Bryan Beard 15.5 and Kris Adams 11.
A record crowd estimated by police at well more than 40,000 braved the scorching heat to witness Chestnut in his element. Pre-Show acts included performers from Ringling Bros. Coney Island Illuscination, Jud Laipply's Evolution of the Dance, Chappaqua NY d.j. phenom 80HD, and singer/songwriter Amos Wengler.
1 - Joey Chestnut - 54 Nathan's Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes - $10,000
2 - Eater X Tim Janus - 45 - $5,000
3 - Pat Bertoletti - 37 - $2,500
4 - Sonya Thomas - 36 - $1,500
5 - Bob Shoudt - 34 - $1,000
6 - Erik Denmark - 32
7 - Gravy Brown - 31
8 - Allen Goldstein - 28
T9 - Ben Monson - 27
T9 - Juliet Lee - 27
11 - Sean Gordon - 26.5
T12 - Pete Davekos - 24
T12 - Badlands Booker - 24
14 - Crazy Legs Conti - 20
15 - Bryan Beard - 15.5
16 - Kris Adams - 11
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