Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champion Pummels Previous Record

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champion Pummels Previous Record

The Fourth of July event, considered by some to be the Super Bowl of competitive eating, also featured 74-year-old Rich "The Locust" LeFevre - the oldest competitor in the contest's 101-year history.

Originally, the judges thought Chestnut ate 64 hot dogs.

The contest announcer, George Shea, said, "Joey Chestnut, as certified by Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, a new world record, 74 Nathan's famous hot dogs and buns!" Or at least he swallowed them after dipping them in water.

Chestnut faces the bulging expectations of shattering his own records each time he returns to Coney Island, and it'll be no different next year when he'll be 35. The video is below, but be warned - it's hardly ASMR.

A new world hot dog eating champion was crowned yesterday at the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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The women's competition begins at 11 a.m. EST and the men's competition will start at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Miki Sudo won the women's title, eating 37 hot dogs. There are 20 male and 20 female contestants, including the defending champ, Joey Chestnut, the winners of regional qualifiers, individual qualifiers and special invitees. He borrowed 300 dollars from his friends Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor so he could open a hot dog shop. Chestnut beat 20 other contestants to earn the coveted "Mustard Belt" and ate a record 74 hot dogs and buns, surpassing the previous record of 72 dogs he set a year ago.

Thousands of attendees, many donning mustard-colored hot dog caps, braved 83-degree temperatures and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk.

Chestnut told ESPN after his win that he was "enjoying the food" during the competition. Sudo has won the last four. She defeated 18 others including second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, who ate 28, as well as record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas.

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