Defending hot dog eating champion sets new record

07 July, 2018, 10:12 | Author: Lillian Steele
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Joey "Jaws" Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in the USA, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for an 11th time.

Chestnut, 34, of San Jose, Calif., won his 11th title by consuming a record 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Nothing says the Fourth of July like barbecues, fireworks and Joey Chestnut winning the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

It turns out Chestnut didn't take down the 64 dogs as noted by the manual counter situated over his head during the competition.

The competition initially counted 64 hot dogs for Chestnut but after further review, it was determined that the counters failed to count an entire plate.

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Michelle Lesco, left, poses in a stare-down with defending women's champion Mika Sudo during Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in NY. Chestnut took home $10,000 for his victory Wednesday, per Yahoo Finance, while Cincotti landed $5,000 for second place.

For Americans, Fourth of July is never complete without the infamous Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest.

ESPN3 will also have a Joey Chestnut-focused camera feed during the contest, and a variety of feature stories on Chestnut, Carmen Cincotti, and Max Suzuki are all planned as well. But Chestnut has said he has capacity for even more. Morgan made it to the end of the competition, but the LSU graduate's final tally was unclear as media outlets nationwide focused on Chestnut's record-setting performance. He also holds the world record of 73 dogs in 10 minutes.

Kristina won a regional qualifier in Syracuse, New York, by eating 6 1/2 hot dogs, while René earned a return ticket by downing 6 hot dogs in Norfolk, Virginia. Back then, victor Jason Schechter finished off 14 hot dogs to claim the title of champion, a fraction of what today's competitors manage to finish. "Today everybody's numbers were a little bit lower, maybe because of the heat, I don't know what it was". On the men's side, Chesnutt ate more than 10 complete hot dogs than his closest competitor. Lesco chowed down 28 wieners and buns. Thomas' record is 45, but she managed 30 past year.

Sudo downed 41 franks and buns past year.



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