Las Vegas’ Miki Sudo wins 5th straight Nathan’s hot dog contest

Joey Chestnut

Joey Chestnut , The Canadian Press

Joey Chestnut has won the 2018 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - his third straight championship - and set a world record in the process. This marks his 11th win in the last 12 years.

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.

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest will air live on Wednesday, July 4, at noon ET on ESPN2. It will also be interesting to see if Chestnut can break the record he set previous year when he ate an astounding 72 hot dogs - buns included - in just 10 minutes. The 50-year-old has set 19 world records, and still holds the women's record at this event, set in 2012, when she consumed 45 hot dogs and buns. He remains something of a mythical figure, as he disappeared from the Coney Island boardwalk after the 2009 event as he was in a contract dispute with Major League Eating.

The 2017 winners were Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo, two of the most famous carnivores in the sport of competitive eating.

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Both Chestnut and Sudo will take home a $10,000 first-place prize. 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.

Chestnut said he had "a vision" for this year's win, and seemed to be unfatigued after "10 minutes of work".

Hot dogs aren't the only food the professional eater is known for eating in massive quantities. Happy 4th of July! He continued to stretch the lead down the stretch, though at a slower pace, finishing with 74 hot dogs, a dominant, 11-hot-dog-and-bun margin over second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti.

Fan Martha Pleasant, 41, of Franklin, New Jersey, said she was attending the competitive eating competition to support her husband Dwight, who "loves wieners".

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