Updated July 4, 2018 2:17 PM EDT
NEW YORK – Joey "Jaws" Chestnut extended his reign as champion in the Nathan's famous hot dog eating contest on Wednesday, defeating a record 74 sausages and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted mustard belt for the eleventh time. Miki Sudo clung to her title as the leading female contestant at Brooklyn's annual food.
Sudo devoured 37 francs and rolls to take home the first prize for the fifth consecutive year without precedent.
"I found a ruthless rhythm," said Chestnut, 34, after the filling session. "I felt good today."
But while Chestnut ate 10 dogs and loaves more than the second grader Carmen Cincotti, an error in judging cast initial doubts about her totals after the jurists did not see the diners taking the two-course dogs and buns.
Eric Gonzalez, the District Attorney for Brooklyn, certified the final count and the Chestnut record of 74.
"At the end of the day, Joey Chestnut came in here and ate 74 hotdogs, broke a world record" said Cincotti, who celebrated her 26th birthday on Wednesday. "Apparently, they were good dogs."
Sudo, 32, did not reach the 41 hotdogs he consumed last year. ESPN, which broadcast the competition, reported that the 37 francs it ate on Wednesday was the second lowest of its five wins.
Still, he easily beat second placed Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who was appeased by 28 sausages and buns.
Sudo was one of the fans' favorites, drawing great cheers from the crowd during her performance, which was delayed a bit after she asked for new water to soak her bows.
George Shea, the longtime host of the contest, joked that Sudo was particular about the temperature and amount of water he uses while competing.
Thousands of attendees, many wearing mustard dog hats, braved temperatures of 83 degrees and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July 4 competition at Coney Island. Boardwalk.
The extravagant tradition dates back to 1972, although the company has long promoted what a former president recognized was a legendary start date of 1916.
Fan Martha Pleasant, 41, of Franklin, New Jersey, She said she attended the competition eating competition to support her husband Dwight, who "loves sausages."
"We are trying to remove something from my husband's wish list," he said.
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