Joey Chestnut has won the 2018 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - his third straight championship - and set a world record in the process. This study compared the body of Tim Janus, a competitive speed eating champion who could consume 36 hot dogs in 10 minutes, to a non-competitive eater with a healthy appetite. Eleven-time champion Joey Chestnut downed a world-record 74 franks on his way to victory, while the judges had initially counted just 64. MLE president Rich Shea confirmed as much, saying that he doesn't want to "interrupt the sanctity" of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4 if he does add technology - but his reasoning might be just a little self-absorbed. The only difference about this win is that Joey beat his 72-dog record from past year. After a lengthy review, it was determined the counters missed a plate, and Chestnut ate 74, not 64.
Following Chestnut, Carmen Cincotti shoved 63 hot dogs down his gullet, and Matt Stonie managed to devour 43 dogs.
According to Nathan's website, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants gathered at this hot dog stand and made the eating contest's history.
The 2018 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is nearly here and that means thousands will gather at Nathan's Famous hot dog restaurant in Coney Island to witness one of the most popular competitive eating competitions in the world on Independence Day. But, after that many hot dogs, who wouldn't?! The women's record is held by Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, who ate 45 in 2012.
The only other woman to ever win the women's competition is Miki Sudo, whose personal Nathan's record is 41 hot dogs. Since then, he's been absolutely dominant, winning 11 of the past 12 competitions. Women's victor Miki Sudo also took home $10,000.
"We are trying to knock something off my hubby's bucket list", she said. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally past year, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.