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San Jose’s own Joey Chestnut breaks hot dog eating record

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest to Air Live July 4 on ESPN2

When interviewed shortly after his 11th victory in 12 years, Chestnut insisted he ate 74 hot dogs and that those keeping track of him egregiously miscounted.

Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut poses with 72 hot dogs during Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in NY. Not only did Chestnut win, but he beat his own record while simultaneously setting a new world record. Cincotti was at first credited with eating 45 hot dogs, but after calculating in uncounted plates, officials agreed he actually downed 64 hot dogs.

Sudo, 33, of Las Vegas, won her fifth title in a row in the women's competition, chowing down 37 dogs.

Chestnut, described on ESPN has having the "the esophagus of a champion" and the "the stomach of a warlord" scoffed down 74 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes.

The renowned competitive eater from San Jose, California, takes home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed past year.

The contestant to consume the most hot dogs with buns in 10 minutes is the victor.

The Fourth of July event, considered by some to be the Super Bowl of competitive eating, also featured 74-year-old Rich "The Locust" LeFevre - the oldest competitor in the contest's 101-year history. She ate eight hot dogs (and buns, too) in 10 minutes. "I just passed by with my partner and said man let's eat", he said.

Over on the ladies side of the competition, former three-time champion Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas will take on four-time defending champion Miki Sudo.

"Compared to Joey Chestnut, it's not much", Neave explained. Sudo and Chestnut took home $10,000 each. He also has been in NY since last Thursday to get accustomed to the heatwave that's now plaguing the state.

ESPN3 will also have a Joey Chestnut-focused camera feed during the contest, and a variety of feature stories on Chestnut, Carmen Cincotti, and Max Suzuki are all planned as well.

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

"Seventy-four hot dogs - I've earned it", he said after the event in an interview with ESPN.