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How Many Hot Dogs Did the Newest Competitive Eaters from Las Vegas Eat?

Matt Stonie and Michelle Lesco head to Coney Island to compete in July.

Nevada champions Michelle Lesco and Matt Stonie
Nevada champions Michelle Lesco and Matt Stonie
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Meet the two new eating champions headed to the 100th annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. Matt Stonie and Michelle Lesco landed the title Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champions after winning their divisions during a qualifying competition on Saturday at New York-New York.

During the 10-minute challenge, Stonie earned top male honors, finishing 48 hot dogs, while Lesco won the female division, eating 27 hot dogs. Stonie, out of San Jose, Calif., is the second-ranked competitive eater in Major League Eating. Lesco, from Tucson, Ariz., often finishes third when facing Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas and "The Lovely" Juliet Lee. 
Both secured a spot to compete in the Coney Island competition on July 4.

The competition on the Brooklyn Bridge at the resort included a local heroes competition, where Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department defeated Nellis Air Force Base, Clark County Fire Department, Tournament of Kings at Excalibur and Sean E. Cooper of Fantasy at the Luxor by eating 30 hot dogs and winning $1,000 for the Injured Police Officers Fund.

Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, sanctions the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and safety standards are upheld at each event.

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