The Latest: Defending champ wins women’s hot dog contest


NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Defending champion Miki Sudo (MIHK’-ee SOO’-doh) has won the women’s division of the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island.

The Las Vegas woman ate 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to hold onto the coveted title Monday. Sudo won the contest last two years.

Thousands of people — many wearing Nathan’s Famous hats — gathered on Coney Island’s famed boardwalk for the July Fourth contest.

The men’s competition is later Saturday. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will face off against defending champ Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie.

Chestnut set the world record by eating 69 dogs in 10 minutes in 2013. He won eight straight competitions in a row before losing the Mustard Yellow International Belt to Stonie last year in an upset.

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12:30 a.m.

A highly anticipated rematch is set to punctuate this year’s July Fourth hot dog eating contest on Coney Island’s famed boardwalk.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Nathan’s Famous on Monday for the annual scarfing of buns and dogs. Millions more will watch it on ESPN.

Of particular note in the men’s competition is a second face-off between Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and defending champ Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie.

Chestnut set the world record by eating 69 dogs in 10 minutes in 2013. He won eight straight competitions in a row before losing the Mustard Yellow International Belt to Stonie last year in an upset.

The women’s competition will feature defending champion Miki Sudo, three-time winner Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas and others.

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