2024 Nathan’s Famous mens finals

1st 58 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti personal best
2nd 53 Geoffrey Esper personal best
3rd 52 James Webb personal best, UK Commonwealth record
4th 51.75 Nick Wehry personal best
5th 46 Takuya Yamamoto best Japanese result since Kobayashi
6th 43 Ricardo Corbucci Latino record
7th 38.5 Sean “The Mouth” Yeager
8th 33 Gideon Oji
9th 32 Max Stanford
10th 30 Derek Hendrickson
11th 28.75 Darrien “Cheesecurd” Thomas
12th 28 George Chiger
13th 27.5 William Lyon
14th 23 Radim Dvoracek

Badlands Booker has defended his chugging championship. One of the other competitors had a “reversal” which appears to rival Sloth in the Wing Bowl as one of the greatest reversals in competitive eating history.

Dutch Mazz is also doing a live video that will hopefully have clearer audio than Gigi’s.

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  1. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2024 @ 2:21 pm

    Wow, what a contest. I am glad that Joey was not in it. It was more of a real contest without him. Everyone knows what he can eat in hotdogs. It will be fun to see him go up against Kobayashi. Meanwhile huge congratulations to Pat. He trained and hoped and succeeded.

  2. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2024 @ 6:50 pm

    Crazy Legs called this one. I thought it was a bit far fetched until I saw Pat’s personal best from 2009 was 55.
    Years ago Pat responded to some talk about him here with a ‘I’m old, out of shape and washed up’ comment, but huge lol at that now!
    It was cool seeing him enjoying himself in the post contest interview.
    I want to see Geoff win it eventually, but am thrilled Pat got it first.

  3. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2024 @ 11:06 pm

    The chugging reversal was EPIC. And he even looked like Sloth from Goonies. What a glorious day

  4. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2024 @ 8:21 am

    What’s everyone’s predictions on the new MLE rankings? Here’s my guess for Top 8:
    1. Bertoletti
    2. Webb
    3. Esper
    4. Sudo
    5. Wehry
    6. Chesnut
    7. Yamamoto?
    8. Corbucci?

    I could see the ones I have at 3,4,5, and 6 above being swapped to another rank in that same range. But this assumes Joey will still be ranked by MLE. (Also, not sure how MLE ranks eaters that only did Nathan’s and no other MLE events this year, including Mayoi, king Y and Ricardo…)

    I think King putting up 46 in his first contest was 3rd biggest surprise of yesterday, after Miki ate 51 for new WR and Pat with a PB of 58. Congrats to all that competed yesterday, was very cool to watch both the men and women this year.

  5. anonymous said

    July 5, 2024 @ 2:44 pm

    Not a word mentioned about Hardy unless i missed it

  6. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2024 @ 3:17 pm

    No predictions here. Webb slayed at sausages & fudge, but it has been too all over the place with him & Esper (now Pat) that I am waiting for more contests. Nick was freaking close yesterday as well.
    Funny how hotdogs are so pesky.
    I was kind of grimacing when I saw James with 3 hotdogs in his mouth, but I guess he was comfortable. I’d think that would have been awfully tough to clear his mouth with.

  7. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2024 @ 6:28 pm

    Can someone post what the rest of the eaters ate?

  8. Full results said

    July 5, 2024 @ 7:39 pm

    Full results for those looking (as OJ has not posted yet as of 7/5)

    1 Patrick Bertoletti 58
    2 Geoff Esper 53
    3 James Webb 52
    4 Nick Wehry 51.75
    5 King Tamamoto 46
    6 Ricardo Corbucci 43
    7 Sean Yeager 38.5
    8 Gideon Oji 33
    9 Max Stanford 32
    10 Derek Hendrickson 30
    11 Darien Thomas 28.75
    12 George Chiger 28
    13 William Lyon 27.5
    14 Radim Dvoracek 23

  9. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    July 5, 2024 @ 8:25 pm

    Hardy was mentioned during the event between the men’s and women’s contests. It can be viewed on the live video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxjhzIT0a_A

  10. Anonymous said

    July 6, 2024 @ 8:22 pm

    Rankings have changed on MLE website. Anyone know how they figure these things out? Do they use a formula?

  11. Anonymous said

    July 6, 2024 @ 10:13 pm

    Shame shame to someone in the top 5. You know your name .

  12. Anonymous said

    July 7, 2024 @ 11:56 am

    MLE rankings have been updated

  13. Anonymous said

    July 7, 2024 @ 1:18 pm

    Eater rankings matter to media I guess. The problem is that things are always changing from contest to contest. I guess they felt Joey may never return if they removed him, so I’m looking at it from Pat on down.
    It is also obvious that Coney matters tremendously in the list.

  14. MLERankingsJoke said

    July 7, 2024 @ 1:43 pm

    Yeah, and they are a joke as usual. Ricardo Corbucci way down the list for example. James should be #2 based on the results of the whole last year of contests. How many world records did he set in 2024!? A joke. And, no this isn’t Jame’s wife. LOL

  15. anonymous said

    July 7, 2024 @ 4:08 pm

    the video keeps buffering it would be easier if you pin pointed at what timeline hardy was mentioned

  16. Anonymous said

    July 7, 2024 @ 7:57 pm

    Does someone need to confess a boo boo?

  17. Anonymous said

    July 8, 2024 @ 12:04 pm

    1013 stop your trouble making

  18. Anonymous said

    July 8, 2024 @ 12:05 pm

    Hardy was mentioned at the event. Not on tv

  19. Anonymous said

    July 8, 2024 @ 12:22 pm

    Try around the 18:30 point in the video for the Hardy Memorial.
    Very tough to hear George in this video. Whichever one I watched had better audio. It was very well done.

  20. Anonymous said

    July 8, 2024 @ 1:22 pm

    No mention of hardy on tv? That’s like spitting on the man’s grave I womder if espn had something to do with it

  21. SpilltheBeans said

    July 8, 2024 @ 1:56 pm

    10:13. Just say it

  22. Anonymous said

    July 8, 2024 @ 5:19 pm

    OJ–Please make this a new thread titled “Nick Wehry Caught Cheating at Nathan’s Coney Island 2024”. Please make the links I added below “Clickable” / hyperlink them. ty
    ——

    For those that do not know yet, at the Nathan’s July 4th contest, there was blatant cheating that occurred by one eater after the contest had concluded and the official results for the top finishers had been announced by George Shea on the microphone. Specifically, Nick W. (original HDB count of 46.75) picked up Sean Y’s empty hot dog plates and was seen taking one of them to add to his own pile/count before placing Sean’s plates back in front of his eating space and consolidating them into a single pile. Nick then is seen placing a plate containing hot dogs on top of Sean’s empty plates, presumably to cover-up the fact that a plate had been stolen from Sean’s empty-plate pile. Even though Nick had counted his own plates multiple times prior to touching Sean’s plates, and Mike Sullivan appeared to count them twice during the initial judging, Nick W. requested another recount after tampering with Sean’s plates. This re-count was performed by Mike Sullivan after almost all of the other contestants had cleared the stage. At this point, a magic “extra” plate had appeared in Nick’s pile, and at that time, MLE judges (Mike) had apparently decided to credit Nick with an extra 5 hot dogs to his total. This is why the 46.75 on-air total for Nick now shows as 51.75 in the final results/on MLE’s website. The “late recount” can be observed via video, and MLE staff should also be able to confirm that this late recount was requested and performed.

    Upon learning that Nick’s official total was increased by five hotdogs, (on the morning of July 5) I reviewed video footage that I was able to find online to see if I could find evidence of what occurred. While I have not been able to find a clear, 1080P HD video that shows the cheating occurring fully in-frame for the entire segment, various clips make it apparent what actually occurred. In addition, if you watch Nick during the full 10 minute contest, it is very clear that his amended official total (after being increased by 5 HDBs to 51.75) was not possible. In other words, even if he had no deductions for leftover hot dogs and debris, he still did not eat enough that the final announced (adjusted) result could have made sense. Nick ate 47 hot dogs during the contest, and I believe he was deducted 0.25 hot dogs for debris. Early in the contest, his counter got ahead of his total number eaten by 2 HDB’s, which is why it seemed that Nick started off very fast, when in reality, he was 2 HDBs behind the number displayed above him.

    Depending on how MLE responds, I have decided that my days as an MLE eater are numbered, as being at the table with individuals that are willing to cheat on this grand of a scale is not what I signed up for. This act of cheating did not personally impact me, and it did not change the placing of the top 5 eaters that day. Dropping out of MLE would not have a huge impact on me financially, but I understand some of you are deeply invested in participating in this league, and often earn considerable income in the form of prize money, so departing from MLE’s events may not be a reality for you. I am wishing everyone the best of luck, but I encourage you to look out for yourself first and foremost when it comes to your future within MLE or elsewhere in the wild world of competitive eating. Special thanks to OJ for continuing to update the Eatfeats site with news and results. I hope he picks this story up and perhaps even finds more evidence / different camera angles of the plate-stealing.

    Here are video links of the cheating with time-stamps and explanation of what is occuring. You all can be the judge of if you think cheated or not. In my opinion, there is no doubt that he stole a plate before requesting a re-count.

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CObVLMkN4Y

    1:25:58 – Nick picks up Sean’s plates, appears to speak with Sean and twirls plates in his hands
    1:26:14 – Nick puts Sean’s stack of plates that he picked up down in front of him.
    1:26:16 – Nick keeps one plate from Sean’s pile that he put down in front of him, and puts the remaining plates from Sean’s pile back in front of Sean’s spot at the table
    1:26:23 – Nick cleans up more of the spot in front him (dumps cups and plates clean)

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZySj8hwzgZA&list=WL&index=2

    18:20 – Nick picks up Sean’s plates, appears to speak with Sean and twirls plates in his hands
    18:36 – Nick puts Sean’s stack of plates that he picked up down in front of him.
    18:45 – Nick cleans up more of the spot in front him (dumps cups / plates clean)
    18:55 – Nick places a plate of hotdogs in front of Sean on top of Sean’s remaining plates (now short one plate), and slides the entire pile back in front of Sean’s eating spot
    20:00 – Nick can be seen in background, with Miki also on stage next to him now, having Mike S. recount his pile (in which there is now an 11th plate)

    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6IjOz9_1zk&t=942s

    14:41 – Nick seems to acknowledge his total count of “47” using his hands (four fingers in one hand, followed by five fingers on his right hand + two on his left hand to equal “7”)
    15:02 – Mike Sullivan officially counts Nicks plates for the initial (written) tally on his paper. Mike counts the plates at least two times. Counting by Mike finally finished at 15:48.

    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxjhzIT0a_A

    1:45:41 – Nick picks up Sean’s plates, twirls them in his hand
    1:45:55 – Nick puts Sean’s stack of plates that he picked up down in front of him.
    1:45:58 – Nick keeps one plate from Sean’s pile that he put down in front of him, puts the remaining plates from Sean’s pile back in front of Sean’s spot at the table
    1:46:05 – Nick cleans up more of the spot in front him (dumps cups / plates clean)
    1:46:15 – Nick places a plate of hotdogs in front of Sean on top of Sean’s remaining plates (now short one plate), and slides the entire pile back in front of Sean’s eating spot

    I am posting this not to shame Nick (although I agree that is deserved, at a minimum), but because I feel that every eater that competes within MLE deserves to know what some people are willing to do during eating contests. And Nick, when you see this, I suggest that you do not try to explain yourself or pretend that a plate was not taken. Just sit back and take what is about to come like a man. You’re not in the “50 Club” yet, so maybe re-think what you post about your “personal best” going forward, too.

    ( –__–)

  23. Anonymous said

    July 9, 2024 @ 5:47 am

    New thread needed please. This is a historical incident that has yet to be cracked down on and clearly has rookies and vets disturbed.

  24. Anonymous said

    July 9, 2024 @ 5:52 am

    “PLATE GATE”

  25. NicksLawyer said

    July 9, 2024 @ 7:01 am

    Everyone get your popcorn out. This is going to be interesting to watch unfold. Will MLE cover it up? Will they address this at all? My guess is this is Sean himself who posted this given he probably noticed it after maybe because he was just watching himself on video?

  26. Anonymous said

    July 9, 2024 @ 8:28 am

    Big thank you for posting this.

  27. MLEUndercover said

    July 9, 2024 @ 9:13 am

    You have to wonder if cheating occurred on the big stage with all the cameras rolling what has happened in lesser contests by MLE?????

  28. Anonymous said

    July 9, 2024 @ 12:06 pm

    Miki encourages winning by doing no matter what it takes. I can’t wait to see the rap sheets of their kids.

  29. Anonymous said

    July 10, 2024 @ 9:09 pm

    I think the steakbelly guy is reporting to media and also doing 98% of all these comments true or not you want a big punishment for Nick. Leave it to the judges to make the call. Take a chill pill

  30. Anonymous said

    July 10, 2024 @ 9:24 pm

    Steakbelly obviously you are the one machine gun posting. Sometime one minute between posts then you chime in at almost right away. Who do you think you are.? Very sickening

  31. Anonymous said

    July 11, 2024 @ 5:22 pm

    OJ, MLE has updated the results on their website to show 46.75 for Nick Wehry in case you want to update the database.

  32. Anonymous said

    July 13, 2024 @ 1:01 am

    Who even cares?

  33. Anonymous said

    July 13, 2024 @ 10:37 am

    Get over it before you end up in a straight jacket.

  34. Anonymous said

    July 13, 2024 @ 4:33 pm

    Judges made the call

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