World's best eaters weigh in for Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

How Joey Chestnut trains for hot dog eating contest

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With mere hours until the competition, the participants came out for the official weigh-in Wednesday.

So, when we spotted Chestnut in NYC - getting ready to defend his mustard yellow belt at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4 on Coney Island, we had to ask for his thoughts.

How does Chestnut get an edge on the competition? You can back the field - every other competitor in the event - at +616 (risk $100 to win $616).

At 224 pounds, defending champion Joey Chestnut says he is ready to take on the field and smash his own record he set past year - 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Tomorrow they will face off for the hot dog eating contest to see who can gobble the most hot dogs in 10 minutes on Independence day in Coney Island, New York.

And anyone so inclined can even bet on the spread of 10.5 hot dogs Chestnut is expected to beat last year's runner-up Carmen "The Mutiny" Cincotti, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, who ate 64 wieners.

Chestnut weighed in at 216.5 pounds (98 kilos), while defending women's champion Sudo weighed 114 pounds (52 kilos).

Chestnut has not only won 11 of the last 12 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest titles, he's also one-upped himself with record-breaking numbers the last three years, going from 70 hot dogs three years ago to 72 in 2017 to 74 last year. Chestnut has only lost the title once since 2005, losing out to Stonie in 2015, as per 1010Wins.

Thursday's top five winners of each gender will split $40,000.

On the women's side, reigning champ and five-time victor Miki Sudo is heavily favored to beat out the field (-1600) after eating 37 hot dogs previous year.

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