Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island

This is your body after 70 hot dogs competitors and doctors dish on Nathan’s contest side effects

This is your body after 70 hot dogs competitors and doctors dish on Nathan’s contest side effects

It will also be interesting to see if Chestnut can break the record he set previous year when he ate an astounding 72 hot dogs - buns included - in just 10 minutes.

On the women's side of the competition at New York's Coney Island, Miki Sudo won her fifth straight title by eating 37 hot dogs to beat out second-place finisher Michelle Lesco of Tucson, Arizona, who ate 28.

Miki Sudo celebrates after winning the women's annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018 in Coney Island.

The first competition was held in 1972 and was won by Jason Schechter who only ate 14 hot dogs.

"I feel like I can do it". Runner-up Carmen Cincotti's official tally shot up to 64 from 45 after the recount. Back then, victor Jason Schechter finished off 14 hot dogs to claim the title of champion, a fraction of what today's competitors manage to finish.

She first got into the world of competitive eating after her daughters entered her in a local eating contest.

Rich Shea, the president of Major League Eating and a color commentator for Wednesday's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, addressed the event's two major counting errors, telling Darren Rovell of the "incident might be impetus to bring competitive eating into the digital age". For starters, while a hot dog and its bun have to be eaten, they don't have to be eaten together.

According to Nathan's website, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants gathered at this hot dog stand and made the eating contest's history. There are 20 male and 20 female contestants, including the defending champ, Joey Chestnut, the winners of regional qualifiers, individual qualifiers and special invitees.

Apparently thousands of people turned out for this year's competition in over 90 degree heat, wearing hot dog-inspired fashions and cheering on the competitors. He bested last year's record of 72 hot dogs.

Last year, animal rights activists tried to unfold a banner amid the crowd. The 35-year-old Baton Rouge native won a spot in the contest after qualifying in Houston by eating 39 hot dogs.

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