Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 10/1/14

NEW YORK - JULY 02: Reigning champion Joey Chestnut (R) stands on a scale at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest official weigh-in ceremony July 2, 2009 in New York City. Chestnut defeated arch rival Takeru Kobayashi of Japan in an overtime battle last year by consuming 64 hot dogs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Joey Chestnut is king of the competitive eating world once again.On Thursday, the American captured his seventh straight Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest title, downing a record 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. The mark passed the previous record of 68 dogs and buns set by Chestnut in 2012.The outlook for Chestnut breaking the record didn't look good near the end of the dubious contest. However, spurred on by the cheers of the Coney Island crowd, Chestnut labored through and pushed down the amount of hot dogs needed to shatter his personal best.Earlier in the day, Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas won the women's contest after eating 36.75 hot dogs, narrowly edging out rival Juliet Lee, who downed 36 in 10 minutes.Via The Big Lead
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