Joey Chestnut Wins 11th Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Contest

Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut center participates in Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday

The current reigning champion is Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, who a year ago managed to eat 72 hot dogs in under ten minutes.

The Nathan's hot dog eating contest is held on the Fourth of July at the original Nathan's Hot Dog location at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island and has become one of New York's annual July 4th traditions.

Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed previous year but still beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

Chestnut, who ate a then-record 72 dogs last summer, fended off 20 other eaters at New York's Coney Island boardwalk for the annual Independence Day competition.

The five top-ranked eaters in the world are Chestnut, Carmen Cincotti, Matt Stonie, Geoffrey Esper and Sudo, according to Major League Eating.

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.

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In addition to bragging rights - and, probably, one heck of a bellyache - Chestnut also won $10,000 as well as the renowned 2018 Nathan's Mustard Belt.

Back in 2016, Chestnut put away 70 hot dogs.

Ms Lesco ate 28 sausages and buns.

Ten-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will confront 20 other men during the men's competition later Wednesday for the coveted Mustard Belt. He set the record a year ago. Sudo devoured 37 franks and buns to take home the top prize for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year.

Last year, 35,000 fans attended the eating contest and another 1.11 million watched ESPN's broadcast.

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest will air live on Wednesday, July 4, at noon ET on ESPN2. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally a year ago, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.

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