Woman devours 37 hot dogs to win Independence Day eating contest

Woman devours 37 hot dogs to win Independence Day eating contest

We're talking about an event as quintessentially American as they come: a hot dog eating contest.

Chestnut, who brought home his third straight Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest win on Wednesday, was initially scored with having eaten 64 hot dogs and buns on a scorching day on Coney Island.

Joey Chestnut wins the annual Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest, setting a new world record by eating 74 hot dogs in Brooklyn, New York, July 4, 2018.

In an interview with this news organization Tuesday, the 34-year-old former construction manager turned full-time competitive eater said he prepared in the days leading up to the contest by fasting - subsisting on water with lemon, amino acids and a few caramels. "I was feeling good today".

Jaws defeated second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti by 10 hot dogs, as Chestnut started with a fast pace and did not let his top opponent get close.

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


The second place victor managed to eat 45, which is still impressive, but pales in comparison to Chestnut's 74. Apparently the counters had missed a couple of plates' worth of hot dogs, putting his number 10 higher than initially reported.

In the women's contest, Miki Sudo successfully defended her crown for a fifth year in a row, downing 37 dogs in a 10-minute span.

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. Morgan made it to the end of the competition, but the LSU graduate's final tally was unclear as media outlets nationwide focused on Chestnut's record-setting performance.

Sudo said that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women's competition.

"We are trying to knock something off my hubby's bucket list", she said.

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