Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Judging errors cast confusion at hot dog contest

Judging errors cast confusion at hot dog contest

Miki Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she ate past year but still easily beat second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona.

Nothing says the Fourth of July like barbecues, fireworks and Joey Chestnut winning the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. (Nathan's was also once the world's largest hot dog stand, with each dog costing 20 cents a pop.) In ten minutes, the world's top competitive eaters get to try to consume as many hot dogs as possible.

"I feel like I can do it".

Aside from receiving a trophy, a bejeweled championship belt and worldwide recognition for their gift of gluttony, there is a cash prize for contestants at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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.

Chestnut barely broke his own world record of 73 1/2 hot dogs which he set in 2016 during a qualifying event.

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"It's a negative example for the game, it's a charade, ' you know you are on the wrong track", Yahoo Sports says. The Samba Boys have already arrived in Kazan to play the quarter-final against Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6.

But while Chestnut ate 10 more dogs and buns than second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti, a judging error cast initial doubt over their totals after jurists didn't see the eaters were taking the dogs and buns from two plates.

According to Nathan's website, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants gathered at this hot dog stand and made the eating contest's history.

Later this afternoon, challengers with insatiable appetites - and something to prove - will convene at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island where they will attempt to eat as many hot dogs as they can over the course of 10 minutes. Chestnut and Sudo each took home the coveted mustard belt and $10,000 for their eating prowess.

Competitive eating is a worldwide sport and Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is ranked number one.

That's four shy of her total a year ago. The July Fourth competition has been held annually since 1972, when the first official competition was recorded.

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