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Dog fight: Nathan’s competitor accused of cheating at July 4th contest

July 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CONEY ISLAND — ONE OF THE 14 elite Nathan’s hot-dog-eating competitors has been accused of cheating in this year’s drama-infused contest, reports the New York Post. Anonymous sources allege that Nick Wehry, who came in fourth and is engaged to reigning women’s division champion Miki Sudo, tricked judges into inflating his hot-dogs-consumed count from 46 dogs as recorded on stage, to 51 dogs later certified on the Major League Eating website. Official scores are determined in part based on the number of empty plates left in front of each competitor’s spot, with each plate holding five dogs. Wehry is accused of lingering on the stage after the competition to pilfer an empty plate from a neighbor before asking for a recount to certify the new total.

Wehry and Sudo denied the claims, saying they were surprised by the allegations. MLE said an investigation was conducted but did not provide further information.


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