By Lewis Gould
Joey Chestnut shocked the hot dog world when he hobbled into Hudson Yards in New York City on crutches during the official weigh-in before the 2022 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest — a 4th of July tradition on Coney Island.
“I’m gonna eat like a madman,” the world’s top-ranked eater told Fox News Digital before weighing in at 235 pounds.
“It’s a ruptured tendon,” he explained of his injury.
“It’s all right. I’ll be able to stand up and eat. I’m excited.”
The 14-time Nathan’s Famous champion sported a black cast below his right knee and walked with crutches under each arm.
“I’m not eating with my leg,” Chestnut told fans.
Chestnut, 38, of Indiana, broke his own world record last year by consuming an incredible 76 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes at the 2021 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
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