Chestnut waits out rain, wins 16th Mustard Belt

After waiting out a weather delay of nearly two hours, Joey Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs and buns to win his eighth-straight Mustard Belt and 16th overall at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island on Tuesday.

He ate 63 hot dogs and buns last year to win the title, but he had an interruption. A protestor wearing a Darth Vader costume came on stage and Chestnut put him in a headlock before security took over.

The women’s event was held this year before the bad weather rolled in. Miki Sudo won for the ninth time, putting away 39.5 hot dogs and buns. She holds the women’s record with 48.5 eaten in 2020.

Chestnut holds the men’s world record with 76 eaten in 2021.

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