Tucson woman places second at Nathan's hot dog eating contest

Tucson woman places second at Nathan's hot dog eating contest

NEW YORK (AP) - Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco is a major player in the world of competitive eating.

The Tucson woman holds records for eating pasta, burritos, burgers, hot wings, pizza and more.

Lesco also competes in the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

On Wednesday, she finished second to Las Vegas super eater Miki Sudo, who won her fifth straight title.

Sudo took top prize by downing 37 franks and buns in 10 minutes while Lesco finished 28 dogs amid stifling humidity at the annual seaside competition.

Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed last year.

According to Nathan's, each hot dog weighs 3.5 ounces. That means the Lesco ate 6.65 pounds of hot dogs, 6.2 percent of her body weight.

Lesco and Sudo often train together and share videos on their Facebook pages. You can watch some of them videos below.

Lesco has used competitive eating as a way to raise money for causes she cares about and has been named the Major League Eating's Humanitarian of the Year for her efforts.

According to MLE, Lesco works as a senior manager for youth services at the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona. She has also raised money to provide clean water to children in the Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Malawi.

On the men's side, defending champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut chomped down a record 74 franks and buns to take home his 11th title.

The renowned competitive eater from San Jose, CA, takes home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed last year.

Thousands of attendees, many donning mustard-colored hot dog caps, braved 83-degree temperatures and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk. The outlandish tradition dates to 1972, though the company has long promoted what a former president acknowledged was a legendary start date of 1916.

Fan Martha Pleasant, 41, of Franklin, NJ, said she was attending the competitive eating competition to support her husband Dwight, who "loves wieners."

"We are trying to knock something off my hubby's bucket list," she said.

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