Defending Nathan’s contest champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

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11-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut broke his own record and took home the Mustard Belt by eating 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Encore presentations of Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest will air later that day on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET and 7:30 pm ET as well as on ESPNEWS at 6 p.m. ET. After a brief judging dispute, it was revealed that Chestnut had eaten many more hot dogs than the running tally had indicated.

Organizers for the contest say new judges will be used next year.

"I feel like I can do it".

If you're looking to catch the weird 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.

Chestnut told ESPN after his win that he was "enjoying the food" during the competition.

On the women's side, participants will look to dethrone Miki Sudo, who took the crown from "The Black Widow" Sonya Thomas in 2014 and has worn it ever since.

Ms Lesco ate 28 sausages and buns.

Miki Sudo won her fifth women's title in a row, downing 37 hot dogs.

Many thought Chestnut would have a hard time approaching his previous record because of the heat at the Coney Island location, but it did not bother Chestnut. The win was his 10 victory at the competition.

The 2018 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest will broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 10:50 a.m. EST for the women's competition and 12 p.m. for the men's competition.

But it's George Shea, the contest's longtime emcee, who's responsible for turning the man into myth.

The outlandish tradition dates to 1972, though the company has long promoted what a former president acknowledged was a legendary start date of 1916.

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