Defending hot dog eating champion sets new record

Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut center participates in Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday

Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut center participates in Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday

Likely starting next year, judges will no longer be able to relish in the competition at all.

Reigning hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut defended his title on Wednesday and set a new world record at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York.

The current reigning champion is Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, who past year managed to eat 72 hot dogs in under ten minutes.

Michelle Lesco, left, poses in a stare-down with defending women's champion Mika Sudo during Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in NY.

New Jersey native Carmen Cincotti finished second by eating 64 hot dogs.

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. Lesco chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

According to Nathan's website, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants gathered at this hot dog stand and made the eating contest's history.

For yet another year, the favorites in both the men's and women's categories - Chestnut, 34, and Miki Sudo, 33, - strutted off the stage after braving the broiling heat to brandish mustard title belts and oversized checks, proving they reign supreme when it comes to speed-eating encased meat.

The defending champion consumed 74 franks and buns in just 10 minutes at the Independence Day event on New York's Coney Island.

Master of Ceremony George Shea, top centre, announces that reigning champion Joey Chestnut, bottom centre, as the victor.

Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, certified the final tally and Chestnut's record of 74, two more than he consumed a year ago. She'll be back for a fifth round this year.

Sudo downed 41 franks and buns past year.

Last year, animal rights activists tried to unfold a banner amid the crowd. Over the decades, it's become a major event: tens of thousands of spectators gather to watch the food battle go down, in which dozens of competitors stuff their faces as rapidly as possible with processed meat and buns.

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