Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

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WikiCommons via user TheCulinaryGeek

Ten-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut successfully defended his title in the Nathan's Famous July Fourth Hot Dog Eating contest in NY.

Chestnut is the current two-time defending champion, and he's won 10 of the past 11 titles.

For 102 years, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs have held their annual Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4 in Coney Island.

"I have the greatest job in the world and my life revolves around my love for food - particularly devouring hot dogs", said Chestnut, 34.

Initial unofficial numbers put Chestnut at 64 dogs and buns, but the Associated Press and Major League Eating are reporting the official count is 74, which barely beats Chestnut's previous world record. He continued to stretch the lead down the stretch, though at a slower pace, finishing with 74 hot dogs, a dominant, 11-hot-dog-and-bun margin over second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti.

(He's probably not feeling so good today, though.) The top women's competitor, for the fifth year in a row, was Miki Sudo, who ate a total of 37 hot dogs and buns.

However, she ate 41 hot dogs in 2017. "To eat hot dogs competitively", according to René, "I like to split them - take the hot dogs out of the buns - try to eat the hot dog as quickly while I am dunking the bun". "I've been hitting 75 plus in practice", he said to the New York Post.

Neave said he's eaten hundreds of hot dogs in the past two months to prepare. (In 2016, he managed to chow down on 70.) Chestnut also won eight times consecutively from 2007 to 2014 before being bested in 2015 by competitor Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. But, after that many hot dogs, who wouldn't?!

Seventy-four hot dogs represent 54,000 milligrams of sodium, which is approximately 2368 percent of the recommended daily allowance. Sudo and Chestnut took home $10,000 each.

Sudo was five behind her effort a year ago she but has won five of the eight competitions since a separate women's division was created in 2011.

Kristina Rovtar was inspired watching her mother and sought to join her this year.

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