The current reigning champion is Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, who past year managed to eat 72 hot dogs in under ten minutes.
For the 11th time in 12 years, Chestnut ate more hot dogs and their buns than any other competitor, beating second place finisher Carmen Cincotti, who turned 25 the day of the Fourth of July competition, by 11 franks.
However, Sudo displayed her prowess by eating 41 hot dogs and buns a year ago, and remains a heavy -550 favorite against the field to successfully defend her title Wednesday afternoon.
Miki Sudo said after eating 37 dogs and buns that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women's competition.
Joey Chestnut proved it again: He's second to bun.
Winner Joey Chestnut set a new record on Wednesday by eating 74 hot dogs and buns, but Chestnut was originally credited with only eating 64. He gobbled up 10 more than the next-closest chomper in the annual Fourth of July throwdown.
Chestnut told ESPN after his win that he was "enjoying the food" during the competition.
Both Chestnut and Sudo will take home a $10,000 first-place prize. Morgan made it to the end of the competition, but the LSU graduate's final tally was unclear as media outlets nationwide focused on Chestnut's record-setting performance. Thomas, who won this event three years in a row from 2011 to 2013, is a +300 underdog to knock off Sudo in head-to-head wagering. Women's victor Miki Sudo also took home $10,000. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally a year ago, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.