Joey Chestnut Wins His 12th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

How Joey Chestnut trains for hot dog eating contest

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Chestnut was a heavy favorite to win the contest again this year, and he (and his stomach of steel) did not disappoint. 'The dark days of the last six years are behind us!'

Chestnut weighed in at 216.5 pounds, while defending women's champion Miki Sudo weighed 114 pounds. She'll face Michelle Lesco, who came in second previous year and is the No. 2-ranked female Eater in the World; Juliet Lee, who's known for being the World Jellied Cranberry Sauce Eating Champion (13.23 lbs in eight minutes), and 12 others.

- Hot dog! Joey "Jaws" Chestnut did it again. Previous year he ate 43 hot dogs to finish in third place.

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Chestnut's next meal will probably be a "salad" and "a lot of liquid", he said. Everyone was here wanting a new record, standing in the heat. "Tried to adjust and chew more". "I know eventually I will give it up for one reason or another", Joey told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY.

His longtime foe, Japan's Takeru Kobayashi, no longer takes part in the contest.

In 2001, Kobayashi ate 50 hot dogs and buns - doubling the previous record.

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Chestnut says at the end of the day, the amount of food consumed at the competition is "very small" - and notes that Major League Eating is very involved in donating to food banks around the country. She also won on Thursday, downing 31 dogs. Coming in second was Michelle Lesco with 27 hot dogs. Juliet Lee, 54, of Germantown, Md., and Sarah Reinecke, 32, of Seattle, tied for third with 23.

The 51-year-old Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas still holds the all-time women's record she set in 2012 by gobbling up 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

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