Chestnut, who won $10,000 for his efforts, beat second-place finisher Patrick Bertoletti by nine hot dogs. However, Chestnut did fall short of his own 68 hot dog record. "I felt great!" Chestnut told reporters after the competition.
For the first time ever, the competition was broken into two different divisions for men and women. Sonya Thomas, aka the "Black Widow" of competitive eating, won the competition with 40 hot dogs.
Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi, who was arrested after rushing the stage at last year's competition, did not compete this year. Instead, he held his own competition, during which he downed 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes, which would have been a new world record.