Molly Schuyler, the upstart competitive eater from Bellevue, has qualified for a spot in the world's largest eating competition, the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Last weekend, Schuyler ate 31 hot dogs with buns in 10 minutes, defeating 11 challengers in a qualifying round in St. Paul, Minn. She earned a spot in the national Nathan's event on Coney Island on July 4.
Schuyler was the top female contestant and the top all-around contestant. Runner-up Pablo Martinez of Los Angeles ate 29 hot dogs.
Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., holds the world record for eating 68 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs and buns in 10 minutes, and he will seek his seventh straight title this year – another world record.
Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Va., will defend her title as female champion. She consumed 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes last year, setting a new women's world record.
Winners in each division take home $20,000.
The 98th annual Nathan's contest takes place at Nathan's Famous Flagship Restaurant on Coney Island. The event will be televised live on ESPN3 and on tape delay on ESPN.
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