Joey Chestnut is the top dog again!
Once the judges noticed the error Chestnut's total increased to 74 ensuring he retained his title as the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Champion. 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. Apparently the counters had missed a couple of plates' worth of hot dogs, putting his number 10 higher than initially reported.
However, Sudo displayed her prowess by eating 41 hot dogs and buns past year, and remains a heavy -550 favorite against the field to successfully defend her title Wednesday afternoon.
Chestnut, described on ESPN has having the "the esophagus of a champion" and the "the stomach of a warlord" scoffed down 74 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes. Winners receive glory and the famed "Mustard Belt", but also a monetary prize: "first place gets $10,000, second place $5,000, and so on".
Both Chestnut and Sudo walked away in first place a year ago as well.
Joey Chestnut ate 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes beating his competitor Carmen Cincotti who came in at 45.
Ten-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will confront 20 other men on New York's Coney Island boardwalk. The 35-year-old Baton Rouge native won a spot in the contest after qualifying in Houston by eating 39 hot dogs.
The event, televised on ESPN, attracts thousands of in-person spectators and has rivaled sporting events for its competitive flair.
This is a developing story; check back for updates and get the PIX11 News app to stay informed all day. "There's no secret: I love to eat, and I love doing it, I love to win, so I had to figure out my body and push it to the limit", he said after last year's victory. Five protesters were taken into custody for questioning and later released.