Chestnut breaks record, eats 74 hot dogs, buns in 10 minutes

Simon Moss
July 7, 2018

Today marked Chestnut's 11th win at the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.

Last year, the competitive eater downed 32 ½ dogs and buns in 10 minutes. "At the end of the day, Joey Chestnut came in here and ate 74 hot dogs, broke a world record, " said Cincotti, "Apparently they were good dogs".

On the women's side, Miki Sudo ate 41 hot dogs in 2017, marking it her fourth consecutive win. The 34-year-old California native trains year round for these events and even though he is a shoo-in for each Fourth of July hot dog contest, he competes in other areas.

According to Chestnut, a hot dog became stuck in his throat at one point, but he maintained his cool.

This year's competition also featured New Orleans' Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan, who is the seventh-ranked competitive eater worldwide.

Both Chestnut and Sudo will take home a $10,000 first-place prize.

Chestnut, it's worth noting, is something of a hot dog eating legend as he's won the event 10 times thus far.

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England's batters largely struggled, with Buttler being the only one to provide resistance to the excellent Kuldeep Yadav . Skipper Morgan wanted to get going but misread the flight as he was holed at deep mid-wicket.

Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed a year ago but easily beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco, of Tucson, Ariz., who chowed down 28 wieners and buns. He set the record previous year.

But that wasn't enough competition for Scott, who was eating hot dogs three at a time, coming in as the clear victor after quickly eating a total of seven.

The Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest has been held annually since 1916, and we're sure it will continue for at least another century, especially with Chestnut in his prime.

It's hard for those of us who don't see eating as a competitive sport to imagine just how the human body can perform such a feat, and manage to keep it all the food down.

"I had a comfortable lead, and I left room to eat more for next year", Sudo told ESPN while hoisting her pink title belt.

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

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