July 4th, 2012
02:21 AM ET

Hot dog eating champs all set for July Fourth contest

The two reigning champs of a hot dog eating contest joined their challengers for a weigh-in as they hope to devour their way into the record books Wednesday in New York City.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, the male and female champions respectively, will defend their titles at the annual event in Brooklyn.

Chestnut and Sonya attended the weigh-in Tuesday, a day before the competition. Chestnut weighed in at 210 pounds while his female counterpart was 100 pounds.

And both competitors are ready to eat their way into first place - again.

"My record is 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes and I'm going to break it hopefully just by eating it like a beast," said Chestnut, who is vying for his sixth title.

Thomas is seeking to hold on to her title, a record breaking 41 hot dogs and buns.

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  1. girlstalkingsports

    Reblogged this on Girls Talking Sports and commented:
    Funny this is how I will be spending my 4th too.
    -M

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