Defending women’s champ downs 37 hot dogs to win fifth title

NEW YORK — Miki Sudo downed 37 franks to win her fifth-straight title in the women’s competition of the annual Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest. The Las Vegas competitor fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed last year but still beat out second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona.

Lesco chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

Thousands of attendees braved 83-degree temperatures and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk.

Ten-time winner Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will confront 20 other men during the men’s competition later Wednesday for the coveted Mustard Belt.

Sudo was a fan favorite, drawing big cheers from the crowd during her performance, which was slightly delayed after she requested new water to soak her buns.

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