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Thursday
Jul042013

Joey Chestnut Wins Record Seventh Consecutive Hot Dog Eating Contest

Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 2013 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest re-crowned two reigning champions — Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas.

Chestnut earned his seventh straight title in the men’s race, scarfing down 69 hot dogs and setting a new world record. He ate 18 more hot dogs than his nearest competitor.

Chestnut, who hails from San Jose, Calif., and earned the nickname “Jaws,” took home $10,000 and a bejeweled mustard-yellow champion’s belt.

Matt Stonie, 21, came in second, devouring 51 hot dogs.

Chestnut’s eating rival, Takeru Kobayashi, did not compete in the 97th  annual competitive hot dog eating event at Coney Island this year. But Chestnut bested Kobayashi’s record of six titles in a row with this year’s win.

In the women’s race, Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., picked up her third consecutive title. The competitor called “Black Widow” ate 36 and three-quarters hot dogs and buns to win the women’s competition.

Juliet Lee was the front runner for much of the race, but Thomas caught up with less than two minutes to go.

When the buzzer sounded, Lee trailed Thomas by just a fraction of a dog.

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a holiday tradition for 97 years.  The contest requires eaters to consume the entire hot dog and bun and any "reversal of fortune," Major League Eating's term for vomiting, results in an automatic disqualification.

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Thursday
Jul052012

Joey Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Eating Contest for Sixth Straight Year

STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- Joey "Jaws" Chestnut won his sixth consecutive Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest Wednesday in New York's Coney Island.

The San Jose, Calif., champion downed 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Chestnut, who won $10,000 and a mustard champion's belt, proved how unstoppable he is on the competitive eating circuit.  Second place finisher Tim Janus scarfed down 52 of the hot dogs and buns.

"I tied my best without anyone really pushing me," Chestnut said.  "I'm looking forward to next year already."

Chestnut and his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, who left Major League Eating in 2010, are now tied with six wins a piece.

Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, from Alexandria, Va., defended her title in the women's competition, eating 45 hot dogs -- five more than she did last year.

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a holiday tradition for 97 years.  The contest requires eaters to consume the entire hot dog and bun and any "reversal of fortune," Major League Eating's term for vomiting, results in an automatic disqualification.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul042011

Top Dog: Joey Chestnut Wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Getty Images (File Photo)(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- It took 10 minutes and 62 hot dogs for Joey Chestnut to win his fifth consecutive Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y.

Retaining the Mustard Yellow Belt once again, Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., has dominated the competition.

He set the all-time record in 2009, downing 68 hot dogs and buns, the equivalent of 21,000 calories, in 10 minutes.

"I love hot dogs," Chestnut said. "There's a couple of foods that if you see me eat them in a contest, you can tell I like them. Grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken wings, ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza. I mean those, they go down like I was made to eat them."
 
The 96th annual hot dog eating contest brought out thousands to the corner of Stillwell and Surf Avenues in front of the original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand to witness the eating battle. The scene included a man in a Dr. Seuss hat on stilts, a dancing plush hot dog and two guys in orange tank tops bouncing on a trampoline.
 
Many spectators came in their July 4 finest. There were men wrapped in U.S. flags chanting "USA, USA," and women wearing red, white and blue bikinis.
 
For the first time, Nathan's sponsored separate competitions for men and women. Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Va., took the title in the first-ever competition for women, eating 40 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, one shy of her 2009 record.

The 100-pound woman never stopped moving during the contest, constantly bouncing and twisting her way to victory. She shoved hot dogs in her mouth with one hand, while cradling a cup of liquid to wash them down with the other.

Thomas, also known as "The Black Widow," was the odds-on favorite going into the contest. She set the women's record in 2009 by eating 41 hot dogs and buns during the joint competition.

The contest requires eaters to consume the entire hot dog and bun and any "reversal of fortune," Major League Eating's term for vomiting, results in an automatic disqualification.

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