Joey Chestnut 7-peats Nathan’s finals with record 69

update July 8
Joey Chestnut post-contest wiping his face with an American flag has been controversial Barstoool Sports has produced an animated .gif of the action (direct link)

Video of entire contest | introductions

Rake & Herald reports: Report 1 | Report 2

Brian Seiken has produced a “Cheap Seats” like commentary on the contest

Matt Stonie has a gallery

Seacoast Online has a report on Matt Stonie’s runner-up performance

The Visalia Times has an article about Pablo Martinez

Business Week produced a pre-contest video featuring Yasir Salem

Crazy Legs Conti asks “Is Competitive Eating Too Sexy for the 4th of July?” in Huffington Post

Official Results Part 2

1) Joey Chestnut 69, record, 7th victory in a row
2) Matt Stonie 51 personal best
3) Tim Janus 50
5) Bob Shoudt 39.75 (corrected)
4) Adrian Morgan 38
6T) Aaron Osthoff 31
6T) Jeff Butler 31
8 Yasir Salem 30
9 Marcos Owens 29
10 Erik Denmark 28
11 Pablo Martinez 27
12 Juan Rodriguez 26
13 Pete Davekos 25
14 Ronnie Hartman 22
15 Eric Booker 21
16 Christos Kyriazis 9 (sponsor’s exemption)

Rake & Herald has an interview with Joey Chestnut

Esquire has a blog entry containing an interview with Crazy Legs Conti, who says he will attend the finals as a spectator.

Pete Davekos hinted that he might be retiring.

Comments (39)

39 Comments »

  1. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    At 3:15 left in the contest, Denmark’s judge is so bored, she’s waving to the ESPN camera.

  2. Blizzz said

    July 4, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    Stonie is the real story this 4th I was hoping he would break 50 and give Janus a run!

  3. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    Ive been tuned in to ESPN for the last hour . Are they showing this on tape delay or what?

  4. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    The real story is the blonde that did not eat today.

  5. Blizzz said

    July 4, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    I hope so, I missed it. I’m about to turn it on myself.

  6. Blizzz said

    July 4, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    Looks like 5:00 on espn2

  7. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Looks like 5:00 nothing. Cherish the good old days when ESPN covered the event with a 1hr preview and 1hr live contest. Not happening anymore. They showed 30 second highlight and thats about where it ends. Without Conti on stage its pointless anyway

  8. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Men’s was live on ESPN2, and the women’s was live online.

  9. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    are they showing it again?

  10. Ummm... said

    July 4, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Check your local listings, BS! Dumb ass.

  11. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    BS who? You think every single comment posted on this site is from BS? Shows how many visitors flock here. BS and maybe 3 other anonymous Shutup stupid ass

  12. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    what time is the contest on?

  13. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    Nathans has become a total bore.If nothing else the other eaters got a free trip to NY? What MLE needs to do is take a page out of WWE and do a money in the bank contest were all signed members compete against each other until you have 15 eaters left. It will be broken down to north south east and west were there would be very little travel, thus making it easy to compete. Nathans as it is BORING

  14. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    Nathans has become a total bore.If nothing else the other eaters got a free trip to NY? What MLE needs to do is take a page out of WWE and do a money in the bank contest were all signed members compete aginst each other until you have 15 eaters left. It will be broken down to north south east and west were there would be very little travel, thus making it easy to compete. Nathans as it is BORING

  15. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Another fat pay day in Chitwood pocket. Now ask yourself what the hell does that do for you ?

  16. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    Yes, it is boring when you’re sitting home out of disgust because you cannot qualify.

  17. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    Its on now ESPN 2

  18. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    There must be something in the ESPN contract that stipulates that Conti image has to be appear at some point in the telecast. Did anyone see that a few min ago on ESPN 2?

  19. ButtKicker said

    July 4, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    what time is the contest on?

    A good blog would have mentioned this is the post title.

  20. Pat From Moonachie said

    July 4, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    Next year it’s 70 or/and BUST!

  21. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    Bust, and I hope she has a big one!

  22. ojrifkin said

    July 4, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    Here are the posts about television coverage

    http://eatfeats.com/category/eating-in-general/media/television/espn

  23. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Rich Shea just cannot help mention Conti name in the broadcast . “Crazy Legs is watching from the crowd” Who the F cares? Only way to cheer him up instead of threatening to hide under the bed covers

  24. anonymous said

    July 4, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    Funny how some of you are quick to lecture someone because they voice an opinion about the contest being boring. If those same people that eat at the 4th of July table every year for some reason never made it in, they would be the first to bitch and moan about how boring the contest is and probably quit . Janus, Chestnut Erik the Red and a few more

  25. Rhonda Evans said

    July 5, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    Congratulations to Joey Chestnut! At the 8-minute mark I thought he was going to finish with 70 or 71. I still think he will break the 70-dog barrier within the next 2 years.

    I do not see Joey continuing to hang around once he does break the 7–HDB barrier, however. He has been a fierce competitor for, what, about 8 years now? For most people, but with exceptions (and Joey may be one), practicing the way he does is going to take its toll on a person’s health. (I guess I still have in my mind Joey saying that he cumulatively ate 5,000 HDBs in practicing for his first or second Nathan’s Finals victory.) Even if you reverse minutes after the victory / effort, you can’t exactly “bleed out,” and the “bad actors” from the food are already in your blood stream.

    Things “seem” all right when you’re in your 20s or early 30s, but what you do at that age affects your quality of life and health when you’re in your 50s and beyond. But, I suppose if you never planned on living that long anyway, and if you want to leave with a fine-looking corpse, than it’s okay.

  26. Rhonda Evans said

    July 5, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    Actually, 8:07, I was happy to hear Rich mention Legs. Legs’ presence reinforces my perception oif his passion for CE. Actually, CLC seems to be in a great position to move forward in CE in another capacity.

    He can transition from competitive eater to full are part time emcee / commentator / journalist, not only quite easily, but given his immense writing, verbal, and communication skills, his services will be / are in high demand. Plus, working in that capacity his health won’t suffer.

  27. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    From Esquire and then Conti in his own words. Comraderie gets used and trashed so often here, some saying it existed before but since eatfeats it does not. Judge for yourself from a direct quote.

    Regardless, he (like the rest of us) will be watching today. Conti, in fact, will be there in person. As a longtime eater, his relationship with this growing tradition goes much deeper than the next-day ESPN highlight. Plus, this year he can have more than a single post-game beer.

    “The tradition I hold the most is: I make sure the all the eaters after the contest go to Ruby’s Bar and Grill on the boardwalk to just share in the moment and have a digestive beer,” he says. “If you’re eating, you can usually get one down before you have to switch to beer or water. But that’s what means the most to me, the camaraderie of the brotherhood and sisterhood of the stomach. We get to raise a beer to that tradition at Coney Island, the people’s playground. It’s our Thanksgiving, it just happens to come on July 4.”

    Read more: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest – Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating – Esquire
    Follow us: @Esquiremag on Twitter | Esquire on Facebook
    Visit us at Esquire.com

  28. Jackie said

    July 5, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    Nice performance everyone.Especially Jaws.I’m lucky to Eat 4 myself.

  29. Ignatius Rake said

    July 5, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Big thanks for the link to our Jaws interview, OJ.

    Here’s our Nathan’s report: http://www.therakeandherald.tv/society/societystory.php?id=252

    Includes exclusive quotes from George Shea, Bob ‘Notorious B.O.B.’ Shoudt, Yasir Salem, Pablo ‘Pabs’ Martinez, Michelle ‘Cardboard Shell’ Lesco, Meredith ‘Deep-Fried Diva’ Boxberger, Larell Marie ‘the Real Deal’ Mele and, in his new capacity as an official R&H reporter, Tracy ‘Mmm Mmm’ Goode.

  30. Ignatius Rake said

    July 5, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Oh yeah, and there’s a Miki Sudo quote in there as well.

  31. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    Juliet may get it next year.

  32. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    Juliet is nowhere near the talent of Sonya. This year was a fluke, and I am almost certain that Sonya was ill but would never say that.

  33. anonymous said

    July 5, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    I heard there was a Nathans after party after all . I hope that snake Crazy Legs didnt try to have sex with Matt Stone bunnette who was caught checking out Janus ass. for a split second when he was announced on stage

  34. anonymous said

    July 6, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I showed a girlfriend of mine a video of Nathans finals the other day. She knows nothing about competitive eating but when i told her Chestnut was only 29 she said What? She said the guy looks like he’s 40 . His face is old and his midsection is flabby and out of shape . No lie

  35. Jackie said

    July 6, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Hey 1012 you are a ass .Don’t you know how much Joey prepares and how huingry he must be before the contest.That is idiotic for you to say this.You eat 69 and lets see how old you look shithead.

  36. anonymous said

    July 6, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    Pics and videos don’t lie Jackie. His youthful appearance back in the day when he threw out the first pitch at Shea Stadium in 2006 or 07 is long gone

  37. Ignatius Rake said

    July 6, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    We have a July 4 round-up article here if you’re interested: http://www.therakeandherald.tv/society/societystory.php?id=253

    It includes exclusive quotes from Jeff ‘Beast Man’ Butler, Jamie ‘the Bear’ McDonald and ‘Asbestos Mouth’ Aaron ‘the Spicochist’ Wakamatsu plus some vids, including crowd-shot footage of both the Nathan’s Women’s and Men’s finals.

  38. anonymous said

    April 16, 2017 @ 2:03 am

    Three years, but pretty close Rhonda. Good prognostication!

    “Congratulations to Joey Chestnut! At the 8-minute mark I thought he was going to finish with 70 or 71. I still think he will break the 70-dog barrier within the next 2 “

  39. anonymous said

    April 16, 2017 @ 2:16 am

    You have a broken link Ignatius.

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