Defending champ 'Jaws' Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Defending champ 'Jaws' Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

11-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut broke his own record and took home the Mustard Belt by eating 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Miki Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she ate previous year but still easily beat second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona.

The only other woman to ever win the women's competition is Miki Sudo, whose personal Nathan's record is 41 hot dogs.

In the women's competition, Sudo, a native New Yorker by way of Japan and Hawaii, accomplished her goal to "5-pete" the competition by gobbling 37 hot dogs and water-dipped buns in 10 minutes.

According to Nathan's website, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants gathered at this hot dog stand and made the eating contest's history.

A new world hot dog eating champion was crowned yesterday at the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. 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.

In the men's division, Carmen Cincotti came in second place, managing to eat 64 hot dogs, while Darron Breeden placed third with 43 hot dogs, unseating last year's runner-up Matt "Megatoad" Stonie.

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Defending champion Joey Chestnut won the men's competition, nabbing his 11th win.

In addition to bragging rights - and, probably, one heck of a bellyache - Chestnut also won $10,000 as well as the renowned 2018 Nathan's Mustard Belt.

Still, she easily beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

Joey Chestnut wins the annual Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest, setting a new world record by eating 74 hot dogs in Brooklyn, New York, July 4, 2018. 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! He none the less did something practically inconceivable while in competition: downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes' time.

Who knew eating hot dogs could be an extreme sport?!

That's four shy of her total a year ago.

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