Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island

Apparently the counters had missed a couple of plates' worth of hot dogs, putting his number 10 higher than initially reported.

More than 40,000 will make their way to Coney Island to watch the contest and approximately 2 million people watch it live on TV or online.

It took Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez stepping in and verifying the totals to settle things, and nab both winners their $10k grand prizes.

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. The only difference about this win is that Joey beat his 72-dog record from a year ago.

The heat wasn't a factor for Chestnut despite the temperatures surpassing 83 degrees with a heat index of 91 degrees.

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In the women's competition, Miki Sudo defended her title, becoming just the third competitor to win five titles and downing 37 franks in 10 minutes.

There's nothing more American on the Fourth of July than watching grown men and women eat as many hot dogs as they can, buns and all, in 10 minutes.

The mistakes "might be the impetus to bring competitive eating into the digital age", Major League Eating President Rich Shea told ESPN, adding that technology for monitoring the weight of hot dog plates could be a solution.

The victor of the competition receives - what else? - the coveted Mustard Belt.

Sudo was a fan favorite, drawing big cheers from the crowd during her performance, which was slightly delayed after she requested new water to soak her buns. It will also be interesting to see if Chestnut can break the record he set a year ago when he ate an astounding 72 hot dogs - buns included - in just 10 minutes. Since then, he's been absolutely dominant, winning 11 of the past 12 competitions. Not only was a world record set, but the betting community was flipped on its head. 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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