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NATHAN'S HOT DOG CONTEST: Chestnut declares he's ready to destroy competition

NATHAN'S HOT DOG CONTEST: Chestnut declares he's ready to destroy competition”

If you're not available at that time, ESPN will stream Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest again at 3 p.m. ET.

Loyal fans donned hot dog hats as they waited to see who could stomach the pressure and who would falter.

A nine-time Nathan's hot dog contest victor, Chestnut ate a record 70 hot dogs in just 10 minutes a year ago to regain the championship from Stonie.

Chestnut said he slowed down a bit and was disappointed he was unable to reach 73, which is what he ate in qualifying.

Last year, Sudo won by eating 38.5 hot dogs, while Chestnut ate 70. In the fury of competition, Sudo's total was shorted by five hot dogs. In the women's competition, Miki Sudo is back to defend her three-time winning streak.

Besides hot dogs, Chestnut holds 43 other eating world records.

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On the women's side, Miki Sudo put down 41 hot dogs to get her fourth consecutive victory.

There's nothing like eating a good ol' hot dog on the Fourth of July. The runnerup, Michelle Lesco, finished off 32 and 1/2 hot dogs. She won a year ago with 38.5 hot dogs, making it her third consecutive victory.

Record-setting eaters are gearing up to gobble at the renowned Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in NY. Chestnut defeated Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie in 2016 to reclaim his title. Her first win was in 2014 when she unseated Sonya Thomas, who had won the woman's competition since its inception in 2011.

He's taken home the mustard yellow belt nine of the last 10 years. Sudo powered through 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns to beat Thomas previous year.

Now, more than 35,000 people witness the eating event live and even more watch as it is televised on ESPN as well.

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