Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut continues dominance, downs record 74 hot dogs

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Joey Chestnut, the competitive eating titan, just clinched his eleventh win at Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest, which takes places every year on July 4 at Coney Island. Competitor Carmen Cincotti was also credited with eating 45 hot dogs, until it was discovered that he had consumed 64.

For 102 years, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs have held their annual Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4 in Coney Island. But despite how Chestnut finishes Wednesday's competition, his record is expected to remain intact, with heavy -220 odds favoring the victor to consume UNDER 72.5 hot dogs and buns.

Over on the women's side, Miki Sudo retained her World Title by downing 37 wieners and buns for an impressive 5th consecutive year.

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is now considered one of the biggest and most famous competitive eating events in the world.

In addition to bragging rights - and, probably, one heck of a bellyache - Chestnut also won $10,000 as well as the renowned 2018 Nathan's Mustard Belt.

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"I doubt we can put the microchip on the tongue or in the esophagus", Shea said of tabulating the scores. "Apparently they were good dogs".

Ten minutes, 74 hotdogs and an estimated 22,200 calories later, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is once again the undisputed chow champion. Even the 91-degree heatwave couldn't stop these men from gobbling down the buns and meat in record time. Surprisingly, the competition has become a hit on the betting sites with bookies too-offering odds on the winners and number of hot dogs eaten.

Eaters compete in the women's competition of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island of NY, the United States, on July 4, 2018. He also has been in NY since last Thursday to get accustomed to the heatwave that's now plaguing the state.

But longtime announcer George Shea tells The Associated Press he noticed in real time that jurists measuring Chestnut's and Cincotti's intake weren't counting from two plates stacked with franks that the eaters were drawing from.

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