Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Chestnut, the current hotdog-eating world record holder from Vallejo, California, downed a whopping 74 weiners, dipping the buns in super-sized plastic cups of water during the 10-minute-long contest.

The San Jose native tore up his competition at Coney Island on Wednesday 4 July.

The defending hot dog champ's original tally was clocked incorrectly. Contest rules stipulate that both the bun and the frankfurter must be consumed in order to get the point. NY native and defending champion Miki Sudo chomped down 37 hotdogs and buns, making her a five time victor of the women's contest.

By beating the mark of 72 dogs and buns he set past year, the San Jose, California, competitive eater known as "Jaws" took home the Mustard Belt once again.

Champion competitive eater Joey Chestnut bested his own record over at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, winning his 11th career title in the process.

Joey Chestnut is the top dog again!

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Following Chestnut, Carmen Cincotti shoved 63 hot dogs down his gullet, and Matt Stonie managed to devour 43 dogs.

The women's competition begins at 9 a.m. on ESPN3, and the men's at 10:30 a.m. on ESPN2.

There are 20 male and 20 female contestants, including the defending champion, the winners of regional qualifiers, individual qualifiers and special invitees. She defeated 18 others including second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, who ate 28, as well as record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas. Last year, he almost equaled that mark with 72 dogs. It is a tradition to grill hot dogs on the fourth of July, and this was later turned into a spectator sport, which is considered a big part of the Independence Day celebrations.

Last year, animal rights activists tried to unfold a banner amid the crowd.

A man covers his ears from noise as people attend the annual Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest on July 4, 2018, in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. This isn't your father's hot dog eating contest.

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