Eating Titans Take on Hot Dog Contest

Eating Titans Take on Hot Dog Contest
Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut poses with 72 hot dogs during Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on, July 3, 2018, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK—It’s frankly amazing.

Chowdown champions will face off Wednesday at Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, where the men’s record stands at 72 frankfurters and buns in 10 minutes.

Ten-time winner Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will confront 20 other men on New York’s Coney Island boardwalk. He set the record last year.

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Number two ranked eater in the world, Carmen Cincotti, left, poses in a stare-down with number one ranked and defending champion Joey Chestnut during Nathan’s Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on July 3, 2018, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Miki Sudo is seeking a fifth women’s title in a row. The 19-woman field includes record-holder Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas.

Sudo downed 41 franks and buns last year. Thomas’ record is 45, but she managed 30 last year.

The event attracts thousands of in-person spectators and is televised on ESPN.

Last year, animal rights activists tried to unfold a banner amid the crowd. Five protesters were taken into custody for questioning and released.

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