Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island

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.

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut is set to soon defend his title at the 2018 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York City. Or at least he swallowed them after dipping them in water. While that was short of the 41 she pounded down in 2017, she easily got the best of second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, who ate 28 frankfurters. The video is below, but be warned - it's hardly ASMR.

Its that time of year: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York's Coney Island is back. The women's contest officially begins at 11 a.m. EDT, and the men's event will follow it up at 12:30 p.m.

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Joey Chestnut walked away as the victor of this year's "Nathan's Famous July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest". There are 20 male and 20 female contestants, including the defending champ, Joey Chestnut, the winners of regional qualifiers, individual qualifiers and special invitees.

The first competition was held in 1972 and was won by Jason Schechter who only ate 14 hot dogs.

Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesSETTING THE STAGEDozens of hot dogs are laid out in anticipation of the big event. This is Chestnut's 11th win.

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As crowds donning hot dog hats packed Coney Island, Chestnut alternated between shoving two hot dogs and two buns into his mouth for the duration of the competition.

The Latest on the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest. At last year's hot dog eating contest, Chestnut consumed a whopping 72 hot dogs and buns, which is just shy of his own record of 73.5.

The mistakes "might be the impetus to bring competitive eating into the digital age", Major League Eating President Rich Shea told ESPN, adding that technology for monitoring the weight of hot dog plates could be a solution. Thomas' record is 45, but she managed 30 past year.

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