Joey Chestnut doesn’t ‘feel too great’ after NYC hot dog contest

Joey Chestnut acknowledged Tuesday he doesn’t “feel too great” a day after hoovering up 63 hot dogs while cruising to victory in the annual Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest — but downplayed the post-binge bloat, saying it’s similar to the soreness routine other athletes experience.

“I probably smell like meat,” the 38-year-old quipped to the hosts of NBC’s “Today.”

“I don’t feel too great, but it’s like anything, a marathon runner doesn’t feel too great after a marathon,” added the perennial champion of chomp. “It will take me a day and a half to recover.”

After his 15th win at the annual hot dog eating competition, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut says it will take him a day and a half to recover.
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Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog contest.  Monday, July 4th 2022. Joey “JAWS” Chestnut wins Men's competition with 63 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes while the women's title is reclaimed by Miki Sudo with 40 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
Despite having to compete in a boot due to a tendon injury, Chestnut still managed to eat his way through the competition.
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Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog contest.  Monday, July 4th 2022. Joey “JAWS” Chestnut wins Men's competition with 63 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes while the women's title is reclaimed by Miki Sudo with 40 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
Chestnut and Miki Sudo both defended their titles during Monday’s competition.
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Chestnut recorded a record-setting 15th victory at the Independence Day competition Monday.

While he trounced the fellow competitive eaters, the 63 franks he wolfed down was below the 76 he guzzled last year — perhaps in part because he momentarily halted his hot dog consumption to fight off an animal rights protester who stormed the Coney Island stage in the middle of the competition.

The day after his 2021 win, Chestnut told The Post his clothes fit a little “snug,” and that he had “crazy dreams” reminiscent of the 2010 Christopher Nolan movie “Inception.”

Joey Chestnut on the "Today" show
The record-holder compared his victory to running a marathon in a post-competition interview.
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Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog contest.
The 106th annual Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest returned to its original location in Coney Island this year after being forced to relocate last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In a Tuesday morning phone interview, Chestnut said he didn’t get enough quality shut-eye to recall any visions.

“I was having a hard time sleeping last night. I don’t remember any crazy dreams last night,” the California native told The Post. “It wasn’t the best sleep.”

Miki Sudo — who on Monday earned her eighth victory in nine years in the women’s competition by devouring 40 hot dogs — told the hosts of NBC’s morning show that she feels “puffy” and “a little bloated.”

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