A rather fit looking white man has won the annual hot dog eating contest at the Coney Island Boardwalk in New York City.
Excerpt from SFgate
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut has broken his own record to extend his reign as chowing champion at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in New York.
The San Jose, California-based competitor logged a 10th win by downing 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes Tuesday. He beat Carmen Cincotti (sihn-CAH’-tee), who ate 60.
Chestnut set the previous record at 70 last year.
Miki Sudo (MIHK’-ee SOO’-doh) has notched her fourth win in the women’s division. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns, besting Michelle Lesco’s 32.
Police say five people were taken into custody after trying to disrupt the event. The people appeared to be attempting to unfold a black banner in the crowd before police stopped them and took them away.
About midway through the men’s competition, some people amid the crowd of spectators at the contest on the Coney Island boardwalk appeared to be trying to unfold a black banner. Police stationed at the event rushed into the crowd, handcuffed the demonstrators and took them away.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had members giving away free vegan hot dogs outside the event, but a spokeswoman says the people arrested inside weren’t with PETA.
Chestnut said at Monday’s pre-contest weigh-in that he models his training after marathoners, slowly building up to eating more and more franks as the contest approaches.
Mercury News elaborates on eating contests, which are apparently a very popular amusement these days.
Indeed, for most of the 20th century, the summit of conspicuous consumption was the humble pie-eating contest at your local county fair. Now, it’s reached pro status. There are governing bodies like Major League Eating and All Pro Eating Promotions.There are sanctioned events, qualifying circuits, star players with contracts, fans, ESPN broadcasts, big cash prizes and event sponsors – some particularly apropos of the theme, like Pepto Bismol.
Though critics insist competitive eating sends the wrong food message to a nation filled with excess, obesity and eating disorders, even the naysayers can’t seem to keep it down.
“Ten years ago, we probably had 1,000 people (at the Nathan’s event),” says Richard Shea, president of Major League Eating. Shea and his brother, George Shea, started the league in the late 1990s and now produce about 85 contests a year with nearly $600,000 in prizes. They consider the Nation’s event their Super Bowl. “At last year’s (Nathan’s), we had about 40,000 people on site and millions viewing it around the world.”
The only information I found about the protesters is that they were released.