Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Joey Chestnut Sets New Record in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut Sets New Record in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the annual hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for an 11th time. 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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A Las Vegas woman has consumed 37 hot dogs to win her fifth straight title in the women's side of the annual July 4 contest.

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

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This afternoon in New York, Joey Chesnutt was once again crowned the victor of the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. It is a tradition to grill hot dogs on the fourth of July, and this was later turned into a spectator sport, which is considered a big part of the Independence Day celebrations. But then in 1991, Frank Dellarosa destroyed 21.5 hot dogs, becoming the first person to eat 20 or more hot dogs at the event. "I found a vicious rhythm", the 34-year-old Chestnut said after winning the prized Mustard Belt. Once the judges noticed the error Chestnut's total increased to 74 ensuring he retained his title as the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Champion. He gobbled up 10 more than the next-closest chomper in the annual Fourth of July throwdown. Chestnut managed to come out on top with 11 more hot dogs than second-place Carmen Cincotti, the world's No. 2 eater, according to Major League Eating. The win was his 10 victory at the competition. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally past year, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco. "Like, 'We will celebrate whatever we want.' And in this case, we choose a hot dog contest", Shea said.

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