Some of the world's best competitive eaters will be at Coney Island July 4 for the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut is the sport's all-time record holder and in 2016, he ate 73.5 hot dogs and in 2017, he consumed 72 hot dogs (with buns) in 10 minutes.
The only other woman to ever win the women's competition is Miki Sudo, whose personal Nathan's record is 41 hot dogs.
On the women's side, participants will look to dethrone Miki Sudo, who took the crown from "The Black Widow" Sonya Thomas in 2014 and has worn it ever since.
Chestnut said he was "feeling good".
He ate 10 more dogs than Carmen Cincotti.
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Announcer George Shea felt the judges were a little off-base with their scoring but agreed, despite with Joey Chesnutt's final tally of 74 hot dogs. Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, came in second, managing 28 hot dogs.
It's Fourth of July, so you know what that means: fireworks, flag-waving, and the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The contest is held annually on New York's Coney Island, and it has been going on every Fourth of July since 1972, according to Nathan's website, which adds that the contest typically brings over 40,000 fans out to watch the spectacle.
Chestnut and Sudo each won a $10,000 first place prize. Chestnut and Sudo each took home the coveted mustard belt and $10,000 for their eating prowess. There are 20 male and 20 female contestants, including the defending champ, Joey Chestnut, the winners of regional qualifiers, individual qualifiers and special invitees. She will be back this year for her fifth round. Last year, he almost equaled that mark with 72 dogs.
Announcers attributed the generally lower scores this Fourth of July to the high heat and humidity. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally a year ago, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.