Defending champ 'Jaws' Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Pearl Mccarthy
July 7, 2018

On the men's side, defending champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut chomped down a record 74 franks and buns to take home his 11th title at the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

"In ten minutes, the world's top competitive eaters get to try to consume as many hot dogs as possible". He won last year's competition by eating 72 hot dogs. It was later determined that Joey Chestnut ate 74, not 64, hot dogs and buns in the 2018 Nathan's contest.

In the distant second behind Chestnut was Carmen Cincotti, who downed 45 hot dogs and buns.

Neave said he doesn't expect to win, but he said he hopes to down 30 or so hot dogs within the 10-minute competition.

According to the contest's website, it was Chestnut's 11title for eating as many hot dogs as possible in 10 minutes.

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The Fourth of July is here and so is Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest where grown men and women enjoy eating as many hot dogs as they can. Carmon Cincotti was runner up with 63 dogs with Darron Breedon who followed behind with 43.

"If they could come out to this one and just be there cheering me on, it would be a dream come true", he said. The 19-woman field includes record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas.

Joey Chestnut, the 10-time Nathan champ was the crowd favourite this year too with a tough fight from Matt Stonie.

It is a first time in the 102-year-old competition that a mother and daughter will be lining up at the same table, a spokeswoman for event organizer Major League Eating said. 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. There was a judging dispute in between-creating chaos for few minutes-but eventually, he was announced as the victor after eating more hot dogs than the running tally had indicated. Not only was a world record set, but the betting community was flipped on its head.

Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, certified the final tally and Chestnut's record of 74, two more than he consumed past year.

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