Miki Sudo defended her 2015 title with the women’s win during the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, which celebrated its 100th year anniversary on Monday. The 4th of July tradition drew in thousands to Coney Island.
The women’s competition took place this morning and, was another showdown between Sudo and Sonya Thomas. Sudo downed 38.5 hot dogs to Thomas’ 35. It marked Sudo’s third consecutive win, who is the third-ranked competitive eater, behind Matt Stonie and Joey Chestnut, who are number one and two, respectively.
Fifty-three percent expected Sudo would take her third straight win, according to Forbes.
Competitors vied for $40,000 in total prize money, according to Major League Eating, the sport’s national organizing body. The first-place competitors in men’s and women’s will receive $10,000. Competitors had 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs and buns as they can.
Nathan’s record for hot dogs and buns eaten in ten minutes is 70 and was set today during the men’s competition by Chestnut. 45 is the women’s record for hot dogs eaten in ten minutes, set in 2012 by three-time champ Sonya Thomas.