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Arizona woman finishes 2nd at Nathan's hot dog eating contest

Arizona woman finishes 2nd at Nathan's hot dog eating contest

According to Nathan's, the competition dates back to as early as 1916, but the first recorded hot dog eating contest happened in 1972.

What's a good Fourth of July celebration without a little friendly competition?

The judges originally counted 64 hot dogs, but it was later revealed that an entire plate wasn't counted. Contest rules stipulate that both the bun and the frankfurter must be consumed in order to get the point.

However, Sudo displayed her prowess by eating 41 hot dogs and buns a year ago, and remains a heavy -550 favorite against the field to successfully defend her title Wednesday afternoon.

Today marked Chestnut's 11th win at the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.

Ten minutes, 74 hotdogs and an estimated 22,200 calories later, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is once again the undisputed chow champion.

On the Fourth of July, while you were relaxing and eating hot dogs, there was someone working very hard and eating hot dogs-74, to be precise.

There are 20 male and 20 female contestants, including the defending champion, the winners of regional qualifiers, individual qualifiers and special invitees.

Fans, Americans, and hot dog-lovers alike celebrated Chestnut's win and new world record. 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.

Hot dogs are on display on stage ahead of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York's Coney Island.

Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, certified the final tally and Chestnut's record of 74, two more than he consumed past year. On Wednesday, the professional eater claimed another record in Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. However, first he'll have to battle out last year's runner-up Carmen Cincotti, who scarfed down 60 in 2017.

And outside of Chestnut's new record, the judging errors were the story of the event.


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