Joey "Jaws" Chestnut wolfed down 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to capture his 11th Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest championship on Wednesday.
In the women's contest, Miki Sudo successfully defended her crown for a fifth year in a row, downing 37 dogs in a 10-minute span. She made a strong run at Sonya Thomas' record of 45 hot dogs eaten in 2012.
Winner Miki Sudo (C) competes in the women's annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018 in Coney Island.
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This is Chestnut's 11th overall Nathan's title. If you're not in front of a TV you can catch the event streaming live on the ESPN app. That said, Chestnut a year ago earned almost $139 for every hot dog he ate. Lesco chowed down 28 wieners and buns.
The contest is held annually on New York's Coney Island, and it has been going on every Fourth of July since 1972, according to Nathan's website, which adds that the contest typically brings over 40,000 fans out to watch the spectacle. The victory handed him the coveted Mustard Belt for the eleventh time in his "hot dog-eating" career. Here, scenes from this year's record-breaking competition on July 4. Sudo has plans to enter this year's competition as well.
Overt displays of patriotism can leave us all a little queasy, and none more so than the Fourth Of July's grandest tradition: Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The event, televised on ESPN, attracts thousands of in-person spectators and has rivaled sporting events for its competitive flair. Five protesters were taken into custody for questioning and released.