Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2018 Livestream: History Of July 4 Extravaganza

Daniel Fowler
July 5, 2018

The second place victor managed to eat 45, which is still impressive, but pales in comparison to Chestnut's 74.

Starting with the women's competition around 11 a.m. and concluding with the men's competition at about 12:30 p.m., the victor must consume the most hot dogs in a 10-minute window, and legendary eater Joey Chestnut is again considered to be the heavy favorite after he ate a whopping 72 hot dogs to win last year's title, his 10th all-time, while setting a world record.

Major League Eating, the event's official organizing body, offers a total prize pool of $40,000, with $20,000 each dispersed in the men's and women's divisions. The only difference about this win is that Joey beat his 72-dog record from a year ago.

In one of the most disgustingly incredible feats in sports, the 34-year-old Chestnut will be going for an unreal 11th title in 12 years at the annual Coney Island consumption competition. His 74 hot dogs this year break the record 73.5, also held by Chestnut.

Competitors have 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs and buns as possible, using any method they prefer.

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The 2018 competition ran into some mishaps regarding the actual number of hot dogs consumed.

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

Chestnut managed to consume a record 74 dogs and buns in 10 minutes. The win was his 10 victory at the competition.

Joey Chestnut competes in the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island July 4, 2016. He went on to win every year until 2015, when he was defeated by Stonie, who ate 62 hot dogs to Chestnut's 60.

Who knew eating hot dogs could be an extreme sport?! Chestnut beat 20 other contestants to earn the coveted "Mustard Belt" and ate a record 74 hot dogs and buns, surpassing the previous record of 72 dogs he set a year ago.

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