Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champion Pummels Previous Record

Ebony Scott
July 6, 2018

The current reigning champion is Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, who a year ago managed to eat 72 hot dogs in under ten minutes.

Joey Chestnut eats 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in NY.

Chestnut first won the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2007, when he ate 66 hot dogs to set a new world record and defeat six-time defending champion Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi. Another name to keep an eye on is 24-year-old Carmen Cincotti, who gobbled down 60 hot dogs last year to finish second.

Winner Miki Sudo (C) competes in the women's annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018 in Coney Island.

"With Joey Chestnut, what I'm trying to do is get to the heart of who he is in my mind and who he is in America's mind", Shea told WNYC's Richard Hake the morning after the big competition. After review, he had eaten 64 hot dogs and buns, not 45.

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He missed the rest of the tournament and could be forgiven for doing his utmost to prevent a similar fate this time. Elena Landau, a Brazilian lawyer who used to advise Rio club Botafogo, asked on Twitter.

Chestnut blew away the competition on the men's side by devouring 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Ms Lesco ate 28 sausages and buns. But, we're sure Miki is not anxious about that as both she and Joey get to take home $10,000 for their big win!

That appeared to pay off Wednesday, as Chestnut outpaced his 20 challengers in the competition's 102th year.

In the 2017 faceoff, Chestnut ate 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes to defend his title against the only competitor to beat him in the last 10 years - Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. We're talking about an event as quintessentially American as they come: a hot dog eating contest. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally previous year, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco. According to the MLE there is $40,000 in total prize money split between the men's and women's groups.

"Lee, who is 5'5" and 100 pounds, is among the top-ranked world eating champions in the world.

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