Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

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

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

No, we're not talking about fireworks or even friendly neighborhood cookouts.

Chestnut scored another victory at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island Wednesday afternoon after shoving 74 wieners down his mouth, a new world record.

Chestnut, described on ESPN has having the "the esophagus of a champion" and the "the stomach of a warlord" scoffed down 74 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes.

She ate 37 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, a few shy of the 41 she ate past year.

Chestnut previously told ESPN he was aiming for 75 hot dogs during Wednesday's contest. The men's portion of the event begins at 12:00 PM Eastern and can also be streamed via the WatchESPN app if you don't happen to be around a TV.

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Joey "Jaws" Chestnut reigned supreme at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, winning for the 11th time. The women's event will be broadcast at 10:50 a.m. on ESPN3, while the men's event will be shown on ESPN2 at noon.

But while Chestnut ate 10 more dogs and buns than second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti, a judging error cast initial doubt over their totals after jurists didn't see the eaters were taking the dogs and buns from two plates.

Master of Ceremony George Shea, top centre, announces that reigning champion Joey Chestnut, bottom centre, as the victor. He won by 11 hot dogs and buns. He went on to win every year until 2015, when he was defeated by Stonie, who ate 62 hot dogs to Chestnut's 60.

Sudo ate 41 hot dogs past year to beat 98-pound "The Black Widow" Sonya Thomas.

For yet another year, the favorites in both the men's and women's categories - Chestnut, 34, and Miki Sudo, 33, - strutted off the stage after braving the broiling heat to brandish mustard title belts and oversized checks, proving they reign supreme when it comes to speed-eating encased meat. CEO Eric Gatoff talks about how the company is celebrating a century of feeding NY, how it keeps up with increased competition, and the right way to dress a hot dog.

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