Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo relish repeat Nathan's hot dog eating titles

Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo relish repeat Nathan's hot dog eating titles

So, when we spotted Chestnut in NYC - getting ready to defend his mustard yellow belt at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4 on Coney Island, we had to ask for his thoughts.

"Eleven-time champion Joey Chestnut says he expects this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest to be 'a battle'". Sudo, 33, who inhaled 37 franks previous year, soundly defeated contender Michelle Lesco, who ate 26 hot dogs.

Sudo has been on the competitive eating circuit since 2013 and also owns first-place finishes in turkey-, tamale-, rib- and buffalo wing-eating contests.

On Tuesday, ESPN posted a video on Twitter documenting how Chestnut had been training for the 2019 competition, captioned, "So this is how @joeyjaws trains to eat 70+ hot dogs in 10 minutes". She downed 37 franks previous year.

In 1916, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker opened a nickel hot dog stand on Coney Island with a $300 loan from two friends.

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Thousands gather to watch the spectacle every year, with millions more tuning in on ESPN.

"I thought those guys had me", Sudo said, according to The Timberjay.

Chestnut joined other competitors at the Empire State Building for the weigh-in for Thursday's contest.

'Kobayashi was the man, ' Chestnut said in the documentary. He emerged as a fan favorite with his 2007 shocking upset of six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi, who was a pioneer in developing the widely-used technique of splitting hot dogs in half and dunking the buns in water. 'They used to cheer for me, and I started to feel I wasn't welcome in America anymore'.

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