Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
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At The Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest

At The Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest

The July 4th holiday is upon us and people around the country are gearing up to watch one of America's most storied traditions.

Chestnut holds more than 30 world eating records. Today marked Chestnut's 11th win at the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. He bested last year's record of 72 hot dogs. For starters, while a hot dog and its bun have to be eaten, they don't have to be eaten together. The video is below, but be warned - it's hardly ASMR.

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.

The contest is set to begin at 10:50 a.m. EDT with the women's competition first in the day.

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

Thousands of attendees, many donning mustard-colored hot dog caps, braved 83-degree temperatures and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk. Now, 11 years later, he has become the veteran with the target on his back.

Master of Ceremony George Shea, top centre, announces that reigning champion Joey Chestnut, bottom centre, as the victor. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally a year ago, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.

As for the critics and the naysayers, or for those who might get a bit nauseous at the idea of 74 hot dogs within 10 minutes, Shea encourages folks to give the spectacle a shot.

"If I'm going to get up on stage to eat hot dogs", Chestnut told ESPN, which broadcast the competition, "I'm not going to do it to get third or fourth".

According to Nathan's Restaurant website, a world famous beef hot dog has 280 calories, 18 grams of fat and 780 mg of sodium.

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