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Chestnut regains Nathan's hot-dog eating title

8-time champ lost to Matt Stonie last year

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Competitive eater Joey Chestnut once again rules the kennel after winning the annual Nathan’s Famous hot-dog eating contest in Coney Island, New York, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press reported.

Chestnut has been top dog in the contest eight times, but lost last year by just two hot dogs to Matt Stonie, the Journal said.

“I worked on my capacity, grew a little beard, and came back and won,” Chestnut told the paper.

Chestnut ate 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes on Monday.

Just days earlier, at a qualifying event, the Journal said Chestnut set a world record by eating 73.5 hot dogs and buns.

Miki Sudo, of Las Vegas, took home first place in the women’s competition with 38.5 hot dogs, the Journal reported.

Some have said the Fourth of July contest marked its centennial this year. The company dates to 1916, but the AP reported that “showmen behind the hot dog competition have acknowledged they made up a long-told story about the contest beginning that year, too. It actually started in the 1970s.”