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Judges at the Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest might be replaced by a digital system, ESPN reported Thursday, after a drastic miscount at the annual Coney Island event Wednesday caused an uproar. She defeated 18 others including second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, who ate 28, as well as record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas.

Joey Chestnut celebrates after betting his own record by eating 74 hot dog during Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2018.

Already laying claim to the title of world's best consumed of tubular "meat", Jaws won Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest for a insane 11th time, setting a new high mark of 74 hot dogs along the way - including the buns. The sport (though some critics refuse to acknowledge competitive eating as a sport), really came to a head when Takeru Kobayashi set a new standard in the event in 1997 after eating 50 hot dogs in the 10-minute span.


This year's competition also featured New Orleans' Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan, who is the seventh-ranked competitive eater worldwide. Here's all you need to know about him and the upcoming contest. This year, once more, a new crop of pre-qualified contenders will face down their piles of hot dogs in an attempt to win the title, the "Mustard Belt" and a stack of prize money.

According to Nathan's website, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants gathered at this hot dog stand and made the eating contest's history. The rule remains the same and simple - eat as many hot dogs and buns as you can in 10 minutes to be declared the victor. He set the record previous year.

In the women's contest, Miki Sudo won her fifth title in a row.


The pair wasn't a match for returning champ Sudo who scarfed down 37 hotdogs and buns in 10 min.

This year's was a scorcher: Temperatures hovered near 90 degrees when the parade began late Wednesday morning, and some marchers were treated for heat exhaustion and taken off the route.


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