Chestnut sets new record at Nathan's hot dog eating contest

  • Chestnut sets new record at Nathan's hot dog eating contest

Chestnut sets new record at Nathan's hot dog eating contest

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.

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. She beat out 19 other women, including record-holder Sonya Thomas.

He ate 10 more dogs than Carmen Cincotti.

In addition, competitive eaters at the hot dog contest compete for a total prize pool of $40,000, including $10,000 each for the winners of the men's and women's main events.

This is Chestnut's 11th overall Nathan's title. According to Major League Eating, the body that oversees professional eating contests, Chestnut once ate almost 13 pounds of deep-fried asparagus in 10 minutes and 55 glazed donuts in the same amount of time. 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. Michelle Lesco took second with 28 hot dogs, and Juliet Lee came in third, eating 25 hot dogs.

Last year, 35,000 fans attended the eating contest and another 1.11 million watched ESPN's broadcast. The July Fourth competition has been held annually since 1972, when the first official competition was recorded. The only difference about this win is that Joey beat his 72-dog record from previous year.

Miki Sudo is seeking a fifth women's title in a row.

Sudo gobbled 37 franks.

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

Overt displays of patriotism can leave us all a little queasy, and none more so than the Fourth Of July's grandest tradition: Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The event attracts thousands of in-person spectators and is televised on ESPN. Five protesters were taken into custody for questioning and later released.