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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Joey Chestnut, Sonya Thomas win easily

By Lynn Hoppes



No upsets this year in Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, N.Y., as Joey "Jaws" Chestnut downed a record-tying 68 hot dogs to easy beat the other handful of competitors on the men's side to win his sixth consecutive championship.

"I feel great," Chestnut said. "I was trying to break my record. I'm already looking forward to next year."

And Sonya Thomas wolfed down 45 hot dogs to break her record to win the women's title.

Competitors had 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs as possible. The competition was held for the first time in 1916 and has been held annually (with two exceptions) since then. The event draws as many as 40,000 spectators to the Nathan's Famous restaurant and has been broadcast on ESPN since 2004. In 2011, there was a separate women's competition for the first time.

The show will be telecast on ESPN at 3 p.m. Wednesday.