Fireworks may serve as the perfect punctuation to Fourth of July festivities, but should you need a little appetizer to pass the time until nightfall, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is here to hold you over.
As has been the case since 2007, 11-time champion Joey Chestnut is the man to beat as he sets forth on a quest to be the first recorded human being to eat 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Miki Sudo represents the cream of the crop in the women’s division following five straight wins in the annual event on Coney Island.
Last year Chestnut set a new world record by eating 74 hot dogs, beating the next-closest finisher by 10 full hot dogs. The only man to beat Chestnut in the last 12 years of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is Matt Stonie, who last met Chestnut two weeks ago in the Hooters’ Wing Eating Championship in which Chestnut finished second to George Esper, but a full 22 wings better than Stonie in third.
One of the highlights of the event is George Shea, the Master of Ceremonies, and his legendary and outlandish introductions for each competitor.
Sporting News is tracking live highlights and results from the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Follow the updates below.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2019: Live results, updates from Coney Island
(All times Eastern.)
12:42 p.m.: The man, the myth, the legend, Joey Chestnut has been introduced. It’s hot out there. 75 hot dogs might be too much.
12:39 p.m.: Matt Stonie makes his way to the stage. Can he repeat his 2015 performance?
12:31 p.m.: We start with the largest man in the event. Eric “Badlands” Booker.
12:30 p.m.: George Shea’s legendary introductions have begun.
12:04 p.m.: They have begun pulling the hot dogs off the grill.
Women’s Division results
11:10 a.m.: Miki Sudo wins her sixth straight women’s belt with 31 hot dogs! Michelle Lesco finished second with 26.5, followed by Sarah Reinecke and Juliet Lee at 23.
11:09 a.m.: Can Sudo hit 30!?!
11:07 p.m.: Sudo is on pace for 35 hot dogs.
11:05 a.m.: Sudo hits the 20-dog threshold. She has a three sandwich lead over Michele Lesco.
11:04 a.m.: 54-year-old Juliet Lee is in fourth, just three dogs off the pace. You’re never too old to chow down!
11:02 a.m.: Sudo is the first to 10 dogs. She said shortly before the start she was worried about the type of shape she was in, entering the event.
11:00 a.m.: And they’re off. Will Miki Sudo win?
10:59 a.m.: Competitors are filling up their water cups.
10:51 a.m.: No Sonya Thomas this year. She holds the women’s record.
10:46 a.m.: The intros have begun for the women!