Arizona woman finishes 2nd at Nathan's hot dog eating contest

Faith Castro
July 6, 2018

San Jose resident and competitive eater extraordinaire Joey Chestnut claimed victory again Wednesday at the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in NY, downing 74 franks in 10 minutes for a new world record. At last year's hot dog eating contest, Chestnut consumed a whopping 72 hot dogs and buns, which is just shy of his own record of 73.5.

After winning this year's event, Chestnut has now won 11 of the last 12 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contests.

The construction manager turned pro eater doesn't just devour hot dogs - he now holds 40 eating records for everything from apple pies to burritos. "I was feeling good today". Runner-up Carmen Cincotti's official tally shot up to 64 from 45 after the recount.

The Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest has been held annually since 1916, and we're sure it will continue for at least another century, especially with Chestnut in his prime.

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Chestnut, the current hotdog-eating world record holder from Vallejo, California, downed a whopping 74 weiners, dipping the buns in super-sized plastic cups of water during the 10-minute-long contest. Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, came in second, managing 28 hot dogs. He set the record previous year.

Chestnut blew away the competition on the men's side by devouring 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

The Las Vegas competitor fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed a year ago but still beat out second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona. Chestnut and Sudo each took home the coveted mustard belt and $10,000 for their eating prowess. Per usual, most will be tuning in to see if the current champion - Joey "Jaws" Chestnut - can emerge victorious and defend the crown yet again. "Like, 'We will celebrate whatever we want.' And in this case, we choose a hot dog contest", Shea said. Sudo has won the contest 5 years in a row. She competed against 19 women this year.

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