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115-pound Arizona woman wins Illinois hot dog eating contest, sets record

Michelle Lesco (left) is shown in June 2013 preparing for a hot dog eating contest. (YouTube screenshot)

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. -- Michelle Lesco is petite, but the 115-pound competitive eater still managed to gobble down more than 28 hot dogs -- and buns -- to win an eating contest in suburban Chicago.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports the Tucson, Ariz., native won Saturday's qualifiers for the July 4 hot dog-eating contest at New York's Coney Island.

The competition in Bloomingdale, about 20 miles from Chicago, was one more than a dozen preliminary rounds before the main event. Eight people faced off to see who could eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Lesco set a new Illinois record and beat Eric "Badlands" Booker, who gobbled more than 27 hot dogs. He weighs about four times that of Lesco.

After winning, Lesco said, "I can't wait to burp."

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