Joey Chestnut broke his own world record at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Sunday — a Fourth of July feat much of America missed thanks to ESPN’s shoddy live feed.
Live footage from the contest in Coney Island cut out three times — including just as the 37-year-old eating champ hoovered up his 76th hot dog and bun in front of a packed Maimonides Park stadium.
Chestnut eclipsed his previous record of 75 hot dogs and buns in 2020, when the competition was held at Nathan’s headquarters in Williamsburg without an audience.
Sunday’s total topped that of Chestnut’s closest competitor, Geoffrey Esper, by 26 dogs.
Chestnut held the lead for the entirety of the 10-minute contest. ESPN’s feed began to cut in and out in the last five minutes before going entirely dark as Chestnut chewed his 76th dog with second remaining on the clock.