1:06 p.m. The odds at DraftKings Sportsbook were against Chestnut breaking the record: He was +120 to go over 74.5 hot dogs this year, which makes sense with the contestants being outside this year instead of the climate-controlled indoor event we saw in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Chestnut closed as a -3335 favorite as well, meaning for every $33 you wagered, you’d get back slightly less than a buck.
1:02 p.m. It’s confirmed: Joey Chestnut breaks his own world record with 76 hot dogs. He also captures his 14th mustard belt in the last 15 years. Esper was credited with 50 dogs and second place, and Whery finished with 44 for the bronze medal.
1:00 p.m. For the men’s contest, the unofficial results show the winner isn’t in doubt, but they’ll still have to check the tape to see if Joey Chestnut just broke his own record of 75 hot dogs.
Joey Chestnut: 76
Geoffery Esper: 51
Nick Wehry: 43
We’d of been able to check these numbers for sure, but the ESPN feed kept cutting in and out during the event. Brutal for bettors and competitive eating fans everywhere.
11:50 a.m. We have official results in the women’s division, and the pride of Central Arizona University graduate Michelle Lesco is the winner. The usual massive favorite in this event is seven-time champion Miki Sudo, but this year she was sidelined due to her pregnancy. That means the door was opened for Lesco to be a winner.
Michelle Lesco 30 3/4
Sarah Rodriguez 24
Larell Marie Mele 18 3/4
By comparison, Sudo ate 48 1⁄2 hot dogs last year.
The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is live from the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones Maimonides Park on Surf Avenue on Coney Island, New York.
We’ll have all your contest needs here, including Michelle Lesco who is the overwhelming favorite in the women’s division. The men’s side will have the greatest competitive eater of all time, Joey Chestnut, going for his 14th championship in 15 years in the biggest event of the year on the Major League Eating circuit.