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Man eats 74 hot dogs to win July 4 eating contest

Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut broke the record at this year’s annual eating competition.

Joey Chestnut ate 74 hot dogs (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Joey Chestnut ate 74 hot dogs (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut consumed a record 74 hot dogs to win his 11th title at an annual July 4 eating competition.

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 at last year’s Nathan’s Famous July Fourth contest.

Miki Sudo from Las Vegas claimed her fifth straight title in the women’s side of the competition.

Miki Sudo retained her title (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

She fell short of the 41 hot dogs she ate last year but still easily beat second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona. Ms Lesco ate 28 sausages and buns.

Thousands of people braved high temperatures to witness the contest on the Coney Island boardwalk in New York.

Ms Sudo was a fan favourite, drawing big cheers from the crowd during her performance, which was slightly delayed after she requested new water to soak her buns.

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