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Hot dog king breaks record in Super Bowl of gluttony, downing 72 franks at Nathan's Famous competition

Hot dog king Joey Chestnut breaks record in Super Bowl of Gluttony

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Joey Chestnut
Hot dog king Joey Chestnut is interviewed on ESPN after winning a record 10th championship. Photo by Ken Hoffman
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Miki Sudo female winner
Miki Sudo was the winner in the women's competition. Photo by Ken Hoffman
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017
A crowd of 35,000 attended the annual event at Coney Island. Photo by Ken Hoffman
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Joey Chestnut
Chestnut doesn't look so good after the competition, but he quickly recovered. Photo by Ken Hoffman
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Joey Chestnut sign
Signs of Joey Chestnut were everywhere. Photo by Ken Hoffman
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Miki Sudo female winner
Miki Sudo downed 41 hot dogs in 10 minutes in the women's competition. Photo by Ken Hoffman
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Ken Hoffman cap
CultureMap columnist Ken Hoffman's cap. He judged the two winners - Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo. Photo by Ken Hoffman
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Joey Chestnut
Joey Chestnut in action at the competition. Photo by Ken Hoffman
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Joey Chestnut
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Miki Sudo female winner
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Joey Chestnut
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Joey Chestnut sign
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Miki Sudo female winner
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Ken Hoffman cap
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Joey Chestnut

Joey Chestnut, the once and future and probably forever king of competitive eating, vaporized 72 franks and buns to win the 2017 Nathan's Famous July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest.

It was Chestnut's 10th time taking home the prestigious Mustard Yellow Belt, signifying dominance in the Super Bowl of gluttony.

By downing 72 hot dogs, Chestnut set a new record for the annual Coney Island event. But he came up one hot dog short of equaling the all-time mark of 73 franks, which he set last year in Washington, D.C.

Promising newcomer Carmen Cincotti finished second with 62 hot dogs, while 2015 winner Matt Stonie, once considered the top young gun in competitive eating and the heir apparent to Chestnut, finished a disappointing third with only 48 dogs.

Miki Sudo won her fourth title in a row on the women's side of the event, finishing with 41 dogs, a personal best. Michelle Lesco was second with 32-1/2, while Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas was far back with 30.

Whispers of "maybe it's time for Thomas to retire," were heard in the announced crowd of 35,000 fans. If she does leave the sport, Thomas is a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer.

On a personal note, I was assigned to judge (count the hot dogs) for Chestnut and Sudo. It marked the fifth contest in a row where I judged the winner, the first five-peat for a judge in the July 4 pigout.

For those scoring at home, Chestnut consumed 20,160 calories and 56,160 milligrams of sodium. He's a good eater.

After I announced the results on Twitter, somebody fired back, "Does this make Chestnut one of the greatest athletes of all time?"

I answered, "No, not one of the greatest ... THE greatest."

Naturally I was kidding. Or was I?