Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California, center, smiles while stuffing hot dogs into his mouth next to his opponent, Takeru Kobayashi of Nagano, Japan, right, during Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest on July 4, 2009, on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Chestnut managed to come out on top with 11 more hot dogs than second-place Carmen Cincotti, the world's No. 2 eater, according to Major League Eating.
After a somewhat lengthy review, official scorers determined Chestnut had indeed broken the world record with 74 hot dogs and buns consumed in 10 minutes.
The annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest was televised on ESPN2.
The original hot dog and bun count for Joey Chestnut was 64, but it eventually was increased to a record 74 when it was discovered that two cleared plates were missed.
Miki Sudo said after eating 37 dogs and buns that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women's competition.
Eager to continue his dominance in the competition, Chestnut displayed a jaw-breaking eating endurance as he quickened the tempo by eating seven hot dogs in a minute.
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Chestnut outdistances the field, which is pegged as a +325 underdog to produce a competitive eater that can take down the 34-year-old at this year's event.
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is now considered one of the biggest and most famous competitive eating events in the world. It was a unusual error to be that far off, but considering Chestnut was finishing 7.4 hot dogs per minute - that's a hot dog and bun every 8.1 seconds - it was tough to keep up.
But everyone was vying for the title of hot dog eating champion at the July 4th Spectacular in downtown Baton Rouge, hosted by the USS Kidd Veterans and Memorial Museum.
Chestnut said he was "feeling good".
Ten-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will confront 20 other men on New York's Coney Island boardwalk.
"I really wasn't looking to beat my personal best or even a record". "There's no secret: I love to eat, and I love doing it, I love to win, so I had to figure out my body and push it to the limit", he said after last year's victory. She defeated 18 others including second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, who ate 28, as well as record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas.