Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut is set to soon defend his title at the 2018 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York City. He zipped past his record mark set a year ago - a staggering 72 hot dogs in the seaside feeding frenzy.

On the women's side of the competition at New York's Coney Island, Miki Sudo won her fifth straight title by eating 37 hot dogs to beat out second-place finisher Michelle Lesco of Tucson, Arizona, who ate 28.

The only other woman to ever win the women's competition is Miki Sudo, whose personal Nathan's record is 41 hot dogs.

"In ten minutes, the world's top competitive eaters get to try to consume as many hot dogs as possible".

Chestnut said he was "feeling good".

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Judges at the Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest might be replaced by a digital system, ESPN reported Thursday, after a drastic miscount at the annual Coney Island event Wednesday caused an uproar. After a brief judging dispute, it was revealed that Chestnut had eaten many more hot dogs than the running tally had indicated.

Chestnut, described on ESPN has having the "the esophagus of a champion" and the "the stomach of a warlord" scoffed down 74 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes. Per usual, most will be tuning in to see if the current champion - Joey "Jaws" Chestnut - can emerge victorious and defend the crown yet again. "When I saw that I had a considerable lead, at one point by eight hot dogs, I said, it's fine, I'm done". Chestnut came back the next year and hit 70-dog mark.

Sudo said that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women's competition. But despite how Chestnut finishes Wednesday's competition, his record is expected to remain intact, with heavy -220 odds favoring the victor to consume UNDER 72.5 hot dogs and buns. The prize money, as in years past, is $10,000 for the first place victor. Thomas' record is 45, but she managed 30 a year ago.

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest will air live on Wednesday, July 4, at noon ET on ESPN2.

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