Defending champ Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

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

The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest's organizing body is considering a switch to automated scoring technology after judging mistakes briefly impacted the results of this year's event, according to a report Thursday.

Chowdown champions will face off Wednesday at Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, where the men's record stands at 72 frankfurters and buns in 10 minutes.

Here's hoping ESPN breaks out another Sport Science segment on hot dog eating this year.

It turns out Chestnut didn't take down the 64 dogs as noted by the manual counter situated over his head during the competition.

In the women's event, Miki Sudo also defended her first place title, eating 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

If you're looking to catch the freaky eating event live as it happens, or even if you're just looking for an excuse to sneak inside and escape the sweltering heat for a few minutes, you can catch all of the hot dog eating madness live on ESPN 2.

There's nothing more American on the Fourth of July than watching grown men and women eat as many hot dogs as they can, buns and all, in 10 minutes. Carmen Cincotti, whose twenty-sixth birthday coincided with the contest, lost by 10 hot dogs. "So I'm just eating quick, and for them to follow up with me to this point, it's a blessing".

"Compared to Joey Chestnut, it's not much", Neave explained.

Originally, the count was 64 hot dogs, but Chestnut was adamant that he downed 74 in his post-contest interview. His one and only loss came in 2014 at the hands of fellow San Jose resident Matt Stonie, but Chestnut reclaimed victory in 2015 and has maintained champion status since then.

Michelle Lesco, 34, of Tucson, Ariz., finished second with 27, one better than Sonja "The Black Widow" Thomas, 51, of Alexandria, Va., who owns the record with 45 and has won the three other women's titles. Sudo, meanwhile, devoured 41 hot dogs in 2017.

Last year, animal rights activists tried to unfold a banner amid the crowd.

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