Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in pictures

Joey ”Jaws” Chestnut gulped, chomped and powered his way to a 10th title on Tuesday, continuing his record-setting reign as the chowing champion at the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

Shoving water-soaked buns and wriggling franks into his mouth on a hot, sunny day on the Coney Island boardwalk, he downed 72 dogs and buns in 10 minutes to beat his own record and hoist the Mustard Belt for a 10th time. Chestnut, who hails from San Jose, Calif., bested up-and-comer Carmen Cincotti, of Mays Landing, N.J., who ate 62 franks and buns on his 24th birthday.

Miki Sudo notched a fourth straight win in the women’s competition. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns to beat Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Ariz., who downed 32 franks and buns.

During the men’s competition, five people were taken into custody for trying to disrupt the event, police said. The people appeared to be attempting to unfold a black banner before police stopped them and took them away. Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had been giving away free vegan hot dogs outside the event, but spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher said the people arrested inside weren’t affiliated with PETA.

Chestnut has dominated the chow-down throw-down for years, eating 70 franks and buns last year to top his previous record and take back the title from Matt ”The Megatoad” Stonie. The 25-year-old Stonie came in third this year, with 48 franks and buns.

”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,” a sweating Chestnut said after his win. The 33-year-old said he’d hoped to down even more dogs but was leaving feeling good.

Cincotti said he’d eaten a thousand hot dogs since May in preparation for his second try at the Mustard Belt. Getting to even second place is ”surreal — I grew up watching this contest,” he said.

Meanwhile, the women’s side has featured a years-long rivalry between Sudo and record-holder Sonya ”The Black Widow” Thomas, of Alexandria, Va. Thomas, who’s 50, came in third on Tuesday with 30 dogs and buns, well shy of her record 45.

Sudo told ESPN she ”just came back better than ever” this year. She’s 31; Lesco is 33.

One of America’s most outlandish July Fourth traditions, the contest dates to 1972, though the Nathan’s hot dog company has for years promoted what a former president acknowledged was a legendary start date of 1916.

Leigh Brown and her husband brought her 11-year-old sons, Carter and Corbyn, all the way from Florida to see it.

”They really wanted to come. They always watched it on TV, so it’s pretty special for them,” Brown said. (AP)

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Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Winners of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot-dog eating contest, Miki Sudo with 41 hotdogs and Joey Chestnut with 72 in Coney Island, New York on July 4, 2017. ( Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock )

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut is named winner of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Current world record holder Joey Chestnut (L) after beating top contender Matt Stonie for the win at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Winner Joey Chestnut competes in the final seconds of Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Referees watch the competitors at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Police arrest an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan’s Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Winner Joey Chestnut competes in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

People compete in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Police remove animal rights activists as they try to protest at the Nathan’s Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut, center, at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Competitors ready themselves for the start of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut is carried to the stage before competing in and winning Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut is carried to the stage before competing in and winning Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. ( Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

George Shea kicks of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Police remove an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan’s Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Attendees gather before Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

US competitive eater Miki Sudo (C) raises the trophy after winning the Women’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot-dog eating contest in Coney Island, New York on July 4, 2017. Sudo won by consuming 41 hotdogs. (Peter Foley/EPA/Shutterstock)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Miki Sudo, center, competes in the women’s division of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in New York. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

US competitive eater Miki Sudo swallows hot dogs during the Women’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot-dog eating contest in Coney Island, New York on July 4, 2017. Sudo won by consuming 41 hotdogs. (Peter Foley/EPA/Shutterstock)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Competitive eater’s Miki Sudo (L) and Sonya Thomas swallow hot dogs during the Women’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot-dog eating contest in Coney Island, New York on July 4, 2017. Sudo won by consuming 41 hotdogs. (Peter Foley/EPA/Shutterstock)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Miki Sudo enters the arena before competing in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Kathy Schultz of New York City attends the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S, July 4, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

A person jumps on a trampoline before Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

The Nathan’s character poses for photos on the scale during the weigh-in for the 2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

George Shea, center, begins the weight in for the Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest Monday, July 3, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Michael Noble)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Eight-time men’s champion Joey Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., holds holds his championship belt during the weigh-in for the 2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York, Monday, July 3, 2017. Chestnut weighed-in at 221.5 pounds. The current women’s champ, Miki Sudo, of Las Vegas, is at right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Current world record holder Joey Chestnut (R) stares down with top contender Matt Stonie during the official weigh-in ceremony for the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 3, 2017. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Current men’s champion Joey Chestnut, right, of San Jose, Calif., watches the scale during his weigh-in for the 2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York, Monday, July 3, 2017. Looking on with him is Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Chestnut weighed-in at 221.5 pounds. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Current women’s champion Miki Sudo, left, of Las Vegas, and challenger Michelle Lesco, of Tuscon, Ariz., feed each other a hot dog Monday, July 3, 2017, during the weigh-in for the 2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York. Ms. Suto weighed-in at 126 pounds, while Ms. Lesco tipped the scales at 104.5 pounds.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Current women’s champion Miki Sudo, of Las Vegas, holds her championship belt during the weigh-in for the 2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York, Monday, July 3, 2017. Ms. Suto weighed-in at 126 pounds. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Current men’s champion Joey Chestnut, of San Jose, CA., holds a tray of hot dogs during the weigh-in for the 2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York, Monday, July 3, 2017. Chestnut weighed-in at 221.5 pounds. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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