July 4th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Joey Chestnut wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for fifth time

Joey Chestnut has won his 5th consecutive mustard-yellow belt at this year's Nathan's July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.

He ate 62 hot dogs in ten minutes, six shy of his world record of 68.

Adding intrigue to this year's competition, one-time reigning champ Takeru Kobayashi, who was effectively locked out of the competition due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating, wolfed down 69 frankfurters at an offsite event in New York.

This year Nathan's shook up the competition by breaking it up into a women's and men's division.

Sonya Thomas - known in the competitive eating world as the Black Widow - ate 40 hot dogs to win the women's event. She hoisted a pink belt, the female version of the coveted men's mustard belt, above her head as she became the first woman to win the separately event.

"She looks so lovely. Not once has she violated table manners," the announcer said while rooting Thomas on. "She's absolutely an elegant lady. And yet she has the jaw of a German shepherd."

Thomas destroyed the competition. Juliet Lee finished second with 29 1/2 hot dogs.


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