Apr 9, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; A vendor prepares a hot dog for a fan during a game between the Cleveland Indians and the San Diego Padres at Progressive Field. Cleveland won 2-0 in game one. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Chestnut wins Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

It is the 98th annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, an American Fourth of July tradition. The contest has been dominated by Joey Chestnut over the years and this year was no different.

Chestnut won the contest with just 61 hot dogs, an drop off from the last couple of years. He was really challenged by Matt Stonie, who was leading for a good chunk of the competition. Stonie finished with 56 hot dogs.

Tim “Eater X” Janus finished in third place with 44 hot dogs, and those totals are unofficial results.

Last year Chestnut set a record by eating 69 hot dogs, a slight improvement of just one hot dog from his previous high, which he reached in 2009 and 2012.

Chestnut has won the past seven contests. In 2012 he won by a margin of 15.75, and in 2013 he won by a margin of 18 hot dogs. The margin of victory was growing as Chestnut’s streak continued.

So how does he prepare?

“I get into a cycle where I’ll do a practice contest, then I’ll fast for about three days,” he told Parade magazine this week.

“No solid food, just lots of liquids. So I pretty much do a cleanse after every practice and go into my next practice empty, and I push a little bit harder.”

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