Winner eats 68 hot dogs in Nathan's Famous contest

Winner eats 68 hot dogs in Nathan's Famous contest

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg eats a hot dog at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot odg eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 2:16 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Joey Chestnut won his sixth straight Coney Island hot dog eating contest.
 
The San Jose, Calif., man known as "Jaws" scarfed down 68 hot dogs and buns to win Wednesday in Brooklyn. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion's belt.
 
The total tied his personal best and the record. Last year, Chestnut won with 62 hot dogs.
 
Second place went to Tim Janus with 52 hot dogs, who takes home $5,000. He was third last year.
 
Chestnut is now tied with is former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, with six wins. Kobayashi did not compete.
 
Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., downed 45 hot dogs to win the women's competition.
 
The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.

  
 

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