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Matt Stonie, Miki Sudo win 2015 Nathan’s Hot-Dog-Eating Contest

Stomach upset! Stonie dethrones Chestnut in Nathan’s hot-dog-eating contest

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Just eat it: Crowds pack Coney Island for the 99th annual Nathan’s Hot-Dog-Eating Contest.
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Chow-down show-down: Miki Sudo and Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas go bun-to-bun.
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Lady in bread: Miki Sudo won the women’s division of the Nathan’s Hot-Dog-Eating Contest for the second year running.
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Crowd pleaser: Competitive eating fans crowd Stillwell and Surf avenues in Coney Island to catch the 99th annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
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Bread to head: Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie tear into some meat tubes.
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Man on a mission: Matt Stonie set the pace from the first bite.
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Field of franks: The competitors of this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dot Eating Contest.
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Dog day afternoon: Defending champ Joey Chestnut puts them away.
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Last bite: Emcee George Shea celebrates the final seconds of the contest.
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Winner winner hot dog dinner: Emcee and organizer George Shea raises Matt Stonie’s hand in victory.
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Meat your 2015 champions: Winners Miki Sudo and Matt Stonie with their championship belts.

We have a new wiener!

Matt “Megatoad” Stonie is your new Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest champion, dethroning eight-time Mustard Belt winner Joey “Jaws” Chestnut in the annual July Fourth chow-down in Coney Island. A stunned Stonie said he was amazed to have snatched victory from Jaws’ defeat, but that he came prepared.

“I trained hard for this,” said Stonie. “I’m undefeated this year. I already beat Joey this year at a gyro contest in May, and I beat him at six different contests last year.”

Stonie, returning for his sixth year, downed 62 dogs to Chestnut’s 60, beating his personal record of 56. He entered the contest ranked second. Tim “Eater X” Janus came in a distant third, devouring 35 dogs.

Chestnut, who still holds the tournament record for the 69 dogs he demolished in 2013, said he never really found his rhythm in this year’s 10-minute dog-devouring show-down, but praised his opponent’s performance.

“I just had trouble,” said the former champion. “I was slow and he was eating fast.”

Earlier in the day, defending champion Miki Sudo won the women’s division for a second year, polishing off 38 dogs to beat Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas, who put away 31.

“Last year I was a rookie underdog,” said Sudo. “This year was an entirely different level of pressure as a defending champion.”

It has been a big year for Stonie’s stomach. The upstart set a new birthday cake-eating record in February, eating 14.5 pounds in eight minutes. Later that month, he set another record, wolfing down 182 strips of bacon in five minutes, before smashing another in May by inhaling 34 pepperoni rolls in 10 minutes. He also holds records for frozen yogurt, gyros, pumpkin pie, slugburgers, fry-bread tacos, and traditional tacos, according to Major League Eating, the sanctioning body for more than 80 competitive eating contests around the world. Stonie said that he compares competitive eating to bodybuilding or weightlifting.

“It’s all about building up your throat muscles and your stomach,” Stonie said. “I made some major gains this year.”

The new chomp champ said that performing in front of 40,000 people at Coney Island used to be distracting and overwhelming, but these days, he’s turned it to his advantage.

“I heard [emcee and competitive eating impresario] George Shea say that I was two dogs ahead and the crowd erupted into a roar,” said Stonie. “It pushes you to not slow down and keep eating.”

— with Eric Faynberg

Updated 4:49 pm, July 8, 2015
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