Chestnut breaks record, eats 74 hot dogs, buns in 10 minutes

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"In ten minutes, the world's top competitive eaters get to try to consume as many hot dogs as possible".

San Jose resident and competitive eater extraordinaire Joey Chestnut claimed victory again Wednesday at the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in NY, downing 74 franks in 10 minutes for a new world record.

It turns out Chestnut didn't take down the 64 dogs as noted by the manual counter situated over his head during the competition.

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On the women's side, Miki Sudo ate a whopping 41 hot dogs in 2017, marking her fourth consecutive win.

In 2007, Joey Chestnut unseated six-time defending champ Takeru Kobayashi in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and has only lost the title once since then, when Matt Stonie beat him in 2015. Eating's elite gather each year to see how many hot dogs they can stomach in 10 minutes. Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, came in second, managing 28 hot dogs.

But despite how Chestnut finishes Wednesday's competition, his record is expected to remain intact, with heavy -220 odds favoring the victor to consume UNDER 72.5 hot dogs and buns.

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Competitive eating is a worldwide sport and Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is ranked number one. Sudo and Chestnut took home $10,000 each.

Thousands of attendees, many in mustard-coloured hot dog caps, braved a heatwave for the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk, a tradition dating back to 1972. On Wednesday, the professional eater claimed another record in Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. In recent years, the company has also won awards (Napa Valley Mustard Festival) for its line of mustards, including its horseradish, picante, deli style and organic products.

Last year, animal rights activists tried to unfold a banner amid the crowd.

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

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