Miki Sudo Smashes Hot Dog Eating Record, Claims 10th Title in Chestnut’s Absence


The air at Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest was tinged with a curious mix of anticipation and disappointment as Joey Chestnut, the reigning champion in the competitive eating sphere, was regulated to the bench amid a controversial sponsorship wrangle with a plant-based hot dog producer.

However, the July 4 holiday feast did not lose any of its gusto, even without its star attraction, as Coney Island became the veritable battlefield of gastronomical gluttony. Grabbing the limelight was the indomitable New York native, Miki Sudo, 38 – a dental hygienist in the making, but a hot dog consuming champion in demeanor. Known for her mettle in the women’s division, Sudo emerged as the frontrunner, boasting odds of -750 by ESPN Bet.

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Proving her mettle, Sudo didn’t fall flat, gobbling a head-spinning 51 hot dogs and buns within the allocated ten minutes and smashed the women’s world record.

“I’m just happy to call this mine for another year,” an elated Sudo confessed after clinching her 10th Pink Belt. Fending off 13 other challengers, Sudo broke her own record from the 2023 competition by a hulking margin of 11.5 hot dogs and buns.

Since the inception of a separate women’s division at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2011, Sudo has claimed an eye-watering 10 of the 14 championships.

Her collection of ten titles has placed her second in the list of Nathan’s victors, trailing only to Chestnut, who, after his exclusion from the Coney Island event, chose to flex his culinary muscle at an affair at a U.S. Army base in El Paso.

Despite making history by crossing the 50 hot dogs threshold, Sudo hinted at greater things to come, commenting, “Even 10 years into this year, I still have even more to show. The women’s record is just going to improve from here on out, and there’s a lot of exciting things to come.”

A refulgent entrant into the Nathan’s scene in 2014, Sudo unseated Sonya Thomas, a three-time winner. She has maintained an unbeaten run, barring her 2021 absence due to pregnancy.

On the men’s circuit, which comprised 14 participants, the betting odds gained intrigue in Chestnut’s absence. A gripping ten minutes ended in triumph for Chicago’s Patrick Bertoletti, with a score of 58 dogs. Geoffrey Esper of Massachusetts was second with 53 hot dogs.

Filled with triumph, Bertoletti commented, “Always the bridesmaid, with Joey not here, I knew I had a shot.” The odds were stacked against him, with the third-shortest odds at +850, but Bertoletti outperformed his competition.

Sudo’s husband, Nick Wehry, began with a promising lead in the men’s event, before losing steam in the second half, but secured a commendable third-place finish with 46 dogs.