Defending champ Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

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Eleven-time champion Joey Chestnut downed a world-record 74 franks on his way to victory, while the judges had initially counted just 64.

Juan Neave is set to take off Tuesday morning for Coney Island after qualifying in San Antonio for Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest. However, offshore sports books don't mind lining the action, as ESPN reports that Chestnut is a -700 favorite to win while the total hot dogs and buns consumed by the victor is set at an over/under of 70.5. "Joey said, "look at my plates" and Carmen said 'look at my plates.' We counted the plates that they had eaten and it was 64 and 74".

However, Sudo displayed her prowess by eating 41 hot dogs and buns past year, and remains a heavy -550 favorite against the field to successfully defend her title Wednesday afternoon.

Thousands of attendees braved 83-degree temperatures and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk.

After Chestnut beat Takeru Kobayashi in 2007 for the title of top dog, winning the coveted Mustard Yellow Belt, he remained undefeated for eight straight years. 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.

Hot dogs aren't the only food the professional eater is known for eating in massive quantities. Sudo and Chestnut took home $10,000 each.

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

René Rovtar, a school superintendent from New Jersey, and her daughter Kristina, an art teacher, are two members of the 40-person field competing to consume the most hot dogs on the big day, which is televised nationally. She will be back this year for her fifth round. "And then typically I'll be done with both of them, and then I'll use the water that's in the bun, I'll use that to get the bun and the hot dog down".

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