Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

But everyone was vying for the title of hot dog eating champion at the July 4th Spectacular in downtown Baton Rouge, hosted by the USS Kidd Veterans and Memorial Museum.

Reigning champion Midi Sudo eats hot dogs during the women's competition of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York's Coney Island. But despite how Chestnut finishes Wednesday's competition, his record is expected to remain intact, with heavy -220 odds favoring the victor to consume UNDER 72.5 hot dogs and buns.

The initial tally incorrectly stated Chestnut only ate 64 franks, as the judges were unaware that the San Jose local was initially eating off of two plates.

In the women's competition, Miki Sudo, 32, defended her title, the fifth year in a row, chomping down 37 hot dogs and buns.

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The annual competitive eating challenge, pitting the world's top professional eaters in Major League Eating against each other, is slated for its usual Fourth of July date at the Nathan's Famous Corporation original restaurant located at Coney Island. After a complete review of the taped contest, it was revealed that the counters missed a plate of dogs because they didn't see the competitive eaters were taking the dogs and buns from two plates. "I just kept going", he said. Chestnut also holds the world's record of 73.5 hot dogs and buns, set during a 2016 qualifying event.

Ten-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will confront 20 other men on New York's Coney Island boardwalk. "When I saw that I had a considerable lead, at one point by eight hot dogs, I said, it's fine, I'm done". Even the 91-degree heatwave couldn't stop these men from gobbling down the buns and meat in record time.

This is a developing story; check back for updates and get the PIX11 News app to stay informed all day. Another name to keep an eye on is 24-year-old Carmen Cincotti, who gobbled down 60 hot dogs last year to finish second.

While the practice of dunking perfectly good hot dogs in water and sliding them down your throat at lightning speed may seem unpleasant, Chestnut has repeatedly assured the public that he loves it.

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