Confusion Ensues As Man Sets World Record At Hot Dog Eating Contest

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As crowds donning hot dog hats packed Coney Island, Chestnut alternated between shoving two hot dogs and two buns into his mouth for the duration of the competition. But, we're sure Miki is not anxious about that as both she and Joey get to take home $10,000 for their big win! For starters, while a hot dog and its bun have to be eaten, they don't have to be eaten together.

That didn't stop the Las Vegas eater from easily beating out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

"I feel like I can do it". The 35-year-old Baton Rouge native won a spot in the contest after qualifying in Houston by eating 39 hot dogs.

Joey Chestnut is undefeated! On the men's side, reigning hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut will see if he can defend his title this year.

Women compete during the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018 in Coney Island.

Chestnut barely broke his own world record of 73 1/2 hot dogs which he set in 2016 during a qualifying event.

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Last year, competitive eater Miki Sudo ate 41 hot dogs and buns and will defend her championship this year.

This afternoon in New York, Joey Chesnutt was once again crowned the victor of the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

"If I'm going to get up on stage to eat hot dogs", Chestnut told ESPN, which broadcast the competition, "I'm not going to do it to get third or fourth". Chestnut came back the next year and hit 70-dog mark.

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

A total of US$40,000 in prize money was up for grabs, with the first-place winners taking home US$10,000 each. Thomas, who won this event three years in a row from 2011 to 2013, is a +300 underdog to knock off Sudo in head-to-head wagering.

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