Hot dogs were the name of the game on Saturday when contestants vied for a shot at qualifying for the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York. Defending champion and the No. 10 ranked male eater in the world Sean “Flash” Gordon and Juliet Lee, the No. 2 ranked female eater in the world, came away the Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champions.
In 10 minutes, Gordon of Downingtown, Pa., ate 30 hot dogs to win and make his fourth trip to the national competition in Coney Island, N.Y., on July 4. He won the Nevada competition last year eating the same number of hot dogs. Last year’s national champion Joey Chestnut consumed 62 hot dogs at the Coney Island competition.
Lee of Germantown, Md., took top female honors, finishing 27 hot dogs.
The festivities at New York-New York on Saturday included a separate local heroes competition, where a team from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department defended its title against Clark County Fire Department and Nellis Air Force Base by devouring 26 hot dogs and winning $1,000 for the charity of their choice.
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