Va. woman wins Nathan's hot dog contest

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 4 at 5:09 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Joey Chestnut has downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the annual hot dog eating contest.  

The San Jose, Calif., man known as Jaws scarfed down the dogs and buns to win the Fourth of July contest. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion's belt.

The total beat his personal best by one wiener. Last year, Chestnut won the competition with 62 hot dogs.

Second place went to Matt Stonie with 51 hot dogs.

Chestnut has now bested his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi with seven wins. Kobayashi competed in a different eating contest Thursday.

Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas of Alexandria eked out a narrow victory in the women's race by scarfing nearly 37 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

The 100-pound Thomas went toe-to-toe with Juliet Lee with a second to spare. Lee ate 36 dogs.

The count was much lower than last year, when Thomas broke her own record by eating 45 hot dogs and buns.

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.

AP-WF-07-04-13 1706GMT

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