At The Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest

Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut center participates in Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday

Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut center participates in Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday

Thomas is referred to as the Black Widow, and in 2012 she finished more hot dogs than 10 of the 15 men who entered the men's contest.

Joey Chestnut is going have to make room on his mantle after winning his 11th title at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest Wednesday afternoon in Coney Island.

Seattle-based Erik "The Red" Denmark also participated and ate 21.5 hot dogs, finishing tied for 18th place. Or, if you're Tucson's Michelle Lesco, 28 of them.

The Nathan's hot dog eating contest is held on the Fourth of July at the original Nathan's Hot Dog location at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island and has become one of New York's annual July 4th traditions.

The construction manager turned pro eater doesn't just devour hot dogs - he now holds 40 eating records for everything from apple pies to burritos.

Master of Ceremony George Shea, top centre, announces that reigning champion Joey Chestnut, bottom centre, as the victor.

Its that time of year: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York's Coney Island is back.


Sudo's dad was in the crowd to watch her win.

Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, certified the final tally and Chestnut's record of 74, two more than he consumed past year. This is Chestnut's 11th win.

Last year, Sudo ate 41 franks, just short of Thomas' record of 45.

Miki Sudo is seeking a fifth women's title in a row. Sudo has plans to enter this year's competition as well.

The event, televised on ESPN, attracts thousands of in-person spectators and has rivaled sporting events for its competitive flair.

In the men's division, Carmen Cincotti came in second place, managing to eat 64 hot dogs, while Darron Breeden placed third with 43 hot dogs, unseating last year's runner-up Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. Five protesters were taken into custody for questioning and released.

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