Chestnut, whose nickname is "Jaws", initially won the Nathan's annual hot dog eating competition with a count of 64 hot dogs, but the competitive eater was adamant that he downed 74 of them when asked about it in his post-contest interview. Sudo devoured 37 franks and buns to take home the top prize for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year. Chestnut is now the most decorated hot dog eater in the sport.
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Joey Chestnut, the 10-time Nathan champ was the crowd favourite this year too with a tough fight from Matt Stonie.
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He added that new judges would be used for the competition next summer.
Every year on July 4, the hot dog brand Nathan's Famous hosts a hot dog eating contest at their Coney Island home, a spot that TIME has previously called the "spiritual home of the USA hot dog". Prior to this year's competition, Chestnut completed 72 frankfurters in 10 minutes last year.
The heat wasn't a factor for Chestnut despite the temperatures surpassing 83 degrees with a heat index of 91 degrees. Competitor Carmen Cincotti was also credited with eating 45 hot dogs, until it was discovered that he had consumed 64. Lesco choked down 28 wieners and buns. Sudo is a four-time victor herself, and past year she broke 40 hot dogs for the first time at the event, eating 41.
Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed past year but easily beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns. Chestnut is now ranked the No. 1 competitive eater by Major League Eating. Chestnut beat 20 other contestants to earn the coveted "Mustard Belt" and ate a record 74 hot dogs and buns, surpassing the previous record of 72 dogs he set past year.