Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Happy 4th of July!

Joey Chestnut is going have to make room on his mantle after winning his 11th title at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest Wednesday afternoon in Coney Island. Michelle Lesco took second with 28 hot dogs, and Juliet Lee came in third, eating 25 hot dogs. The video is below, but be warned - it's hardly ASMR.

In the women's category, defending champ Miki Sudo won for the fifth year in a row by eating 37 hot dogs and buns.

The Fourth of July is here and so is Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest where grown men and women enjoy eating as many hot dogs as they can.

The women's competition begins at 11 a.m. EST and the men's competition will start at 12:30 p.m. EST.

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Sudo, 32, fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed a year ago.

A total of US$40,000 in prize money was up for grabs, with the first-place winners taking home US$10,000 each. Judges also miscounted the result for second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti, who was initially said to have eaten 45 hot dogs but had actually eaten 64. He'd just decimated the field by consuming 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes, 19 more than the runner-up and a world record in the annual Independence Day contest.

Back in 2016, Chestnut put away 70 hot dogs.

Fireworks and parades and family time are all nice, but everyone knows the real jewel of the Fourth of July is the annual Nathan's Famous Hot-Dog Eating Contest.

Chestnut outdistances the field, which is pegged as a +325 underdog to produce a competitive eater that can take down the 34-year-old at this year's event. Thomas' record is 45, but she managed 30 a year ago. In addition to the live event on ESPN2, an ESPN3 camera will be focused on Joey Chestnut as he attempts to break his world record of 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

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