Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Man eats 74 hot dogs to win July 4 eating contest

Man eats 74 hot dogs to win July 4 eating contest

The counting went awry on Independence Day at the nation's premier hot dog eating contest on Coney Island, ESPN reported, but perennial champion Joey Chestnut was still crowned the champion.

Chestnut's win of the Mustard Belt in the men's competition, however, was marked with controversy when the judges thought he ate 64 hot dogs.

The 34-year-old reigning Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating champion beat out the competition at the brand's 2018 Fourth of July contest on Coney Island, but his original dog count was 64 hotdogs, seven dogs fewer than last year.

Chestnut started off the competition on a high note as he managed to snuff out his 18th hot dog and bun in the opening quarter. According to the New York Daily News, the previous record, Chestnut's own, was 72. It was Chestnut's 11th victory in the competition for the past 12 years.

If you're looking to catch the freakish eating event live as it happens, or even if you're just looking for an excuse to sneak inside and escape the sweltering heat for a few minutes, you can catch all of the hot dog eating madness live on ESPN 2.

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Joey Chestnut, the 10-time Nathan champ was the crowd favourite this year too with a tough fight from Matt Stonie.

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

Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed a year ago but easily beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns. His 74 hot dogs this year break the record 73.5, also held by Chestnut. Not only was a world record set, but the betting community was flipped on its head. "I just passed by with my partner and said man let's eat", he said. 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.

Following this year's edition of the contest, ESPN2 will be airing four hours of live cornhole.

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