Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo Win 2018 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contests

Jul 06, 2018, 23:00
Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo Win 2018 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contests

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

Hot dogs aren't the only food the professional eater is known for eating in massive quantities. Contest rules stipulate that both the bun and the frankfurter must be consumed in order to get the point.

Sudo won the women's competition Wednesday when she downed 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

The renowned competitive eater hailing from San Jose, California, took home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed a year ago.

Already laying claim to the title of world's best consumed of tubular "meat", Jaws won Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest for a insane 11th time, setting a new high mark of 74 hot dogs along the way - including the buns. It was later determined that Joey Chestnut ate 74, not 64, hot dogs and buns in the 2018 Nathan's contest. And Carmen Cincotti ate 64 dogs but was initially only credited with 45.

This is Chestnut's 11th overall Nathan's title.

Ten-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will confront 20 other men during the men's competition later Wednesday for the coveted Mustard Belt.

And because hot dog eating is a sport, the event will be broadcast on ESPN 2 with the livestream at WatchESPN. That day, he broke his 2016 personal record of 70 dogs, and spectators are committed to seeing whether he can pull off a similar feat this year. The winners in 2017 were Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo. However, a year ago Miki achieved a personal best by eating 41 dogs. The 19-woman field includes record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas.

Just in case you weren't in the hot dog eating spirit, preferring a quick, refreshing, cool snack, but with a twist, there was also a watermelon seed spitting contest.

Scoring at the event, which takes place on New York's Coney Island boardwalk every Fourth of July, has financial implications.