Top dog: Chestnut downs 74 hot dogs at annual Coney Island Contest

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A league of their own: Contestants in the women’s contest devour hot dogs and buns.
What a gal: Miki Sudo walked away with her fifth belt.
Standing room only: Thousands packed the area around Nathan’s to watch the display of gluttony.
Taking the lead: Joey Chestnut downed a new record of 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
The champ: Joey Chestnut hoists the belt yet again after winning the 2018 contest.

The contest was frankly amazing.

Joey Chestnut, the defending men’s champion of the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest, devoured 74 hot dogs in the 10 minute competition, breaking his own record of 72 hot dogs from last year.

Thousands of Coney Island residents and tourists packed the streets around Nathan’s Famous’s flagship frank shop to watch the face-stuffing contest on July 4.

Pre-show festivities began at 10 am with a wide variety of musical acts and dance routines, followed by the women’s competition at 11 am, and the men’s gorge-off at noon.

The annual dog-devouring contest has occurred each Fourth of July in Coney Island since 1916, according to Major League Eating, which organizes the event.

This year’s Contest featured a total of 21 men and 17 women competing — all winners of prior qualifiers to gain eligibility to gorge on the big stage — and they ate their hearts out in the sunny 83-degree weather.

Just like last year — and the year before — it was Joey Chestnut of California and Miki Sudo of New York who won their respective contests. Sudo ate 37 to win, while Chestnut somehow managed to destroy 74 hot dogs.

Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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