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Record Chomp: Reigning Champ Joey Chestnut Dominates Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Record Chomp: Reigning Champ Joey Chestnut Dominates Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Record Chomp: Reigning Champ Joey Chestnut Dominates Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut won the men's title by eating a record-breaking 72 hot dogs and buns.

On July 4 in NY, it's Joey "Jaws" Chestnut against Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie.

So, there's no question who the top dogs are this year. Chestnut, informed of his new rival's threat to his reign, said he was looking forward to it.

Thousands came out to watch the 10th annual contest, and the reigning champs showed why they're still tops.

Thomas, a former three-time champion, finished third with 30 dogs.

Chestnut earned his 10th Mustard Belt - the grand prize for the contest.

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In the woman's division, Miki Sudo took home her fourth championship after eating 41 hot dogs.

"The activists were protesting because companies like Nathan's promote violence against animals by showcasing people eating them for profits and notoriety", Direct Action Everywhere said in an emailed statement. "I have room for more", he said. He hasn't competed since 2009 due to a refusal to sign an exclusive deal with Major League Eating.

Rovtar told NJ Advance Media last week that friends and colleagues expressed "a lot of disbelief" at her venture into competitive eating.

The owner of the Coney Island stand, Nathan Handwerker, overheard four immigrants arguing over who was more patriotic. The all-time Nathan's record holder among women competitors is Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, who downed 45 dogs in 2012.

Nine-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is defending his title Tuesday at the showdown on the Coney Island boardwalk. For context, the 72 hot dogs that Chestnut ate Tuesday is more than an average American will eat - in one year.

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