July 4th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Joey Chestnut, Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas win hot dog contests

[Updated at 12:56 p.m. ET] Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has successfully defended his title at Nathan's annual hot eating competition in Brooklyn, New York, tying his world record by downing 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes.His victory Wednesday marks his 6th win at the competition.

[Posted at 11:58 a.m. ET] Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas defended her title at the annual hot dog eating competition in New York on Wednesday, setting a women's world record by downing 45 hot dogs. Thomas weighs about 100 pounds.

Thomas was seeking to hold on to her title: a record 41 hot dogs and buns.

"My technique is, I dunk two hot dogs in the water cup and then eat," she said.

The contest started nearly 100 years ago as a sideshow on the famous boardwalk at Coney Island. All that changed when Nathan's Famous Restaurant saw the draw it had for the boardwalk and especially the eatery.

Up until last year, men and women held contests together. They now have separate divisions.

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  1. kchan

    My generation has got to see many legends in sports. Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, the Patriots Dynasty, and Joey Chestnut!!!!! 6-Time Champion! Awesome....

    July 5, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ron

    The idiot mayor bans large sodas, and large popcorn, at at the same time encourages this kind of "HEALTHY EATING"
    Score one more for the armpit of civilization.

    July 5, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. tutuvabene

    I think the Guiness Book stopped listing records for eating and drinking because it was dangerous. Why does this silly contest still continue?

    July 5, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. JoJo

    Belly Ache !!!! Ouch.

    July 5, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. erin andrews perky breasts

    fighting dogs is TERRIBLE but slaughtering dozens of animals for their televised contest is A okay!

    July 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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