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Top dog: Returning champ Chestnut downs 74 wieners at annual Coney contest – Brooklyn Paper

Top dog: Returning champ Chestnut downs 74 wieners at annual Coney contest

Reigning champs: Defending champions Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Miki Sudo defended their belts in the annaul Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4.
Photo by Paul Martinka

This contest was, frankly, amazing.

The defending men’s champion of the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey Chestnut, devoured 74 hot dogs on July 4 during this year’s event, breaking the 72-dog record he set while competing last year.

Thousands of Coney Islanders and tourists packed the streets around Nathan’s Famous’s flagship frank shop to watch Chestnut and others inhale the wieners in the 10-minute face-stuffing face-off.

Festivities began at 10 am with a variety of musical acts and dance routines, followed by the women’s competition at 11 am, and the men’s at noon.

The annual dog-devouring display has occurred each Fourth of July in Coney Island since 1916, according to Major League Eating, which organizes the event.

This year, a total of 21 men and 17 women competed — all winners of prior qualifiers, where they gained eligibility to gorge on the big stage — eating their hearts out in the sunny 83-degree weather.

And for the third year running, Chestnut, from California, and New Yorker Miki Sudo won their respective contests, with Sudo swallowing an impressive 37 dogs — half the amount Chestnut managed to gobble down in the same amount of time.

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