Hot-dog eating champ wins again, proposes
July 6, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
NEW YORK --America's reigning hot dog-eating champion earned his eighth consecutive world title in New York Friday, but took a moment before inhaling 61 dogs to propose to his girlfriend — who said yes.
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, 30, completed the feat in 10 minutes, but devoured fewer of the cooked sausages in buns than last year, when he ate 69 during a world-record setting performance at the annual competition.
"I could never find my rhythm," the 205-pound (93-kilogram) Chestnut said after this year's contest.
But Chestnut made sure the day was memorable, dropping to one knee before live television and a crowd of some 30,000 spectators and proposed to his girlfriend Neslie Ricasa, also a competitive eater.
Defending women's champion Sonya Thomas was dethroned by newcomer 28-year-old Miki Sudo, who inhaled 34 hot dogs.
Sudo described beating Thomas, also known as the "Black Widow" for her ability to eat more than males, as "surreal."
Thomas, 46, set the women's world record in 2012, when she ate 45 hot dogs.