Monday, July 4, 2011

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: Joey Chestnut Wins With 62 Hot Dogs

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.

Retaining the Mustard Yellow Belt once again, Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., has dominated the competition. In 2009, he set the all-time record, downing 68 hot dogs and buns, the equivalent of 21,000 calories, in ten minutes.

"I admit it. I coasted a little last year. When I saw no one was close, I slowed down a little to make sure the dogs would stay down." Chestnut said.

For the first time this year, Nathan's sponsored separate competitions for men and women. 100-pound Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Va., took the title in the first ever competition for women, eating 40 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes, one shy of her 2009 record. She 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, in 2009 she set the women's record by eating 41 hot dogs and buns during the joint competition.

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