Hot dog eaters weigh-in for Nathan's Famous 2018 competition

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Chestnut, 34, of San Jose, Calif., pulled away from the competition Wednesday by the mid-way mark of the 10-minute contest to win yet again.

In 2017, Sudo ate 41 hot dogs to win the women's section, beating her nearest rivals Lesco, who ate 32 1/2 hot dogs and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas who ate 30.

"In ten minutes, the world's top competitive eaters get to try to consume as many hot dogs as possible". Runner-up Carmen Cincotti's official tally shot up to 64 from 45 after the recount.

In addition, competitive eaters at the hot dog contest compete for a total prize pool of $40,000, including $10,000 each for the winners of the men's and women's main events. On the men's side, reigning hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut will see if he can defend his title this year. If you're not in front of a TV you can catch the event streaming live on the ESPN app. It was a odd error to be that far off, but considering Chestnut was finishing 7.4 hot dogs per minute - that's a hot dog and bun every 8.1 seconds - it was tough to keep up.

The Latest on the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

Tiebreakers come down to a five-hot dog showdown, with a one-hot dog sudden death.

Still, she easily beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

"I had a comfortable lead, and I left room to eat more for next year", Sudo told ESPN while hoisting her pink title belt.

Last year, animal rights activists tried to unfold a banner amid the crowd at the event. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally past year, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.

According to Nathan's website, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants gathered at this hot dog stand and made the eating contest's history.

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