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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Joey Chestnut's 68 wins hot dog contest
By ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- 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 in 10 minutes to win Wednesday in Brooklyn. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion's belt.
Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs to win his sixth straight contest at Coney Island.
The total tied his personal best and the record. Last year, Chestnut won with 62 hot dogs.
"It feels great to get the win," Chestnut said, "but I'm a little bummed I didn't get to 70."
Second place went to Tim Janus with 52 hot dogs, who takes home $5,000. He was third last year.
Chestnut, 28, is now tied with his 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.
"I'm going to be 45, so I wanted to eat my age," Thomas said.
The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo and The Associated Press was used in this report.