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Hot Dog Champ Joey Chestnut: I'll 'Do What it Takes' to Win

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    Hot Dog Champ Joey Chestnut: I'll 'Do What it Takes' to Win
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    Eleven-time champion Joey Chestnut says he expects this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest to be "a battle."

    But the 35-year-old Chestnut said Wednesday that he'll "find a rhythm and do what it takes" to win the Fourth of July eat-off in Brooklyn's beachside Coney Island neighborhood.

    Chestnut joined other competitors at the Empire State Building for the weigh-in for Thursday's contest.

    Chestnut weighed in at 216.5 pounds (98 kilos), while defending women's champion Miki Sudo weighed 114 pounds (52 kilos).

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    Chestnut ate 74 wieners and buns to claim the 2018 title. Sudo ate 37 to triumph on the women's side.

    Thursday's top five winners of each gender will split $40,000. The two first-place winners will each earn $10,000.