Thousands of attendees braved 83-degree temperatures and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk.
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut wolfed down 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to capture his 11th Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest championship on Wednesday. Chestnut is the sport's all-time record holder and in 2016, he ate 73.5 hot dogs and in 2017, he consumed 72 hot dogs (with buns) in 10 minutes.
The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest's organizing body is considering a switch to automated scoring technology after judging mistakes briefly impacted the results of this year's event, according to a report Thursday.
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And Uruguay , impressive throughout the tournament, knocked Bernardo Silva's Portugal out of the competition after a 2-1 win. There is a high probability that in the near future 33-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo to announce retirement in Portugal .
"Oh, my God, I got in a vicious rhythm", said Chestnut, per Larry McShane and Mikey Light of the New York Daily News. "And then once I feel like the food has moved and digested, I'll have one good day of protein, whether it's fish or turkey, maybe chicken".
The reigning women's hot dog eating champion, Miki Sudo. couldn't care less about getting equal coverage as men, she just wants the bread - and we mean money, not buns. Competitive eater Sonya Thomas won the first year and still holds the record for the most dogs downed by a woman. "When I saw that I had a considerable lead, at one point by eight hot dogs, I said, it's fine, I'm done". Apparently the counters had missed a couple of plates' worth of hot dogs, putting his number 10 higher than initially reported. Runner-up Carmen Cincotti's official tally shot up to 64 from 45 after the recount.
Its that time of year: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York's Coney Island is back. Chestnut beat his own previous record of 70. Lesco chowed down 28 wieners and buns.
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That appeared to pay off Wednesday, as Chestnut outpaced his 20 challengers in the competition's 102th year.
NY native and defending champion Miki Sudo chomped down 37 hotdogs and buns, making her a five time victor of the women's contest.
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