Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/16/14

NEW YORK - JULY 04: Takeru Kobayashi (L) of Japan continues to eat after time was called as Joey Chestnut of San Jose and Patrick Bertoletti of Chicago watch on during the annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island July 4, 2007 in New York City. Joey Chestnut defeated six time champion Takeru Kobayashi by eating a new world record of 66 hotdogs in twelve minutes. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Joey Chestnut has downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest. The San Jose, Calif., man known as Jaws scarfed down the dogs and buns to win the Fourth of July men's contest. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion's belt. Sonya Thomas, a 100-pound dynamo known as the "Black Widow" of competitive eating, wolfed down nearly 37 wieners for a narrow victory in the women's competition. Chestnut, 29, is a seven-time winner who set the old record - 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes - in 2009 and tied it last year. Thomas, 45, powered through 45 dogs to take the women's championship last year and also won in 2011, the first year women competed separately. Chestnut had said his pace has been uneven in the past, but "this year I'm trying to eat a little more gracefully, conserve my energy." Second-place finisher was Matt Stonie, who chomped down 51 hot dogs. With this year's victory, Chestnut has now bested his former riva...
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