Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: Photos from the Coney Island event

Posted July 05, 2017

His main competition is Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie, who beat Chestnut in 2015.

Kobayashi dramatically increased the profile of the event in 2001 when he ate 50 hot dogs and buns - doubling the previous record.

Chestnut set the previous record at 70 past year.

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Joey Chestnut celebrates with the trophy
ANDREW KELLY REUTERS Joey Chestnut celebrates with the trophy

A nine-time Nathan's hot dog contest victor, Chestnut ate a record 70 hot dogs in just 10 minutes a year ago to regain the championship from Stonie.

"I'm really happy I got this win", Chestnut said, gripping the Mustard Belt, "I slowed down way more more than I wanted to, I definitely have room for more".

Carmen Cincotti finished in second place with 68 hot dogs, while Matt Stonie, the 2015 first-place victor, placed third with 48.

Take a look at all of the action at this year's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. There's also a "Number of Hot Dogs Eaten" wager with "Over 38.5" priced at 10 to 11 and "Under 38.5" priced at four to five.

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Miki Sudo won her fourth title in the woman's competition, eating 41 hot dogs in 10 minutes, according to ESPN.

Last year, the Las Vegas resident polished down 38 1/2 dogs, beating out three-time victor Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., with 35.

Nine-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is defending his title Tuesday at the showdown on the Coney Island boardwalk. On the women's side: can ANYONE top Miki Sudo?

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Michelle Lesco finished second with 32½ hot dogs, edging Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, who devoured 31 during the annual July Fourth game of gluttony.

The chowdown showdown usually draws thousands of spectators and is televised on ESPN.

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