Joey Chestnut stands next to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he weighs in on Wednesday for the annual July 4 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
American competitive eater Joey Chestnut won his seventh consecutive Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Thursday at the annual competition in Coney Island, consuming 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
The six-foot 218 pound California native who goes by the nickname "Jaws" becomes the winningest hot dog eating champion in the 97 year history of the event, although records weren't kept until 1972. Chestnut now separates himself from Japan's Takeru Kobayashi, who has six titles to his name. Kobayashi hasn't competed since 2009 because of a contract dispute with Major League Eating.
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Chestnut's 69HDB (hot dogs plus buns) in 10 minutes this year is also a record for the contest. His 68HDB last year was the previous record. Oddsmakers had him at 63.5HDB for Thursday's event. California's Matt Stonie, a 21-year-old ranked fourth in the world by Major League Eating, came in second with 51HDB.
Sonja Thomas of Virginia won the women's competition at the annual Fourth of July event, eating just shy of 37HDB.