Joey Chestnut Wins Sixth Consecutive Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship

Joey Chestnut wins his sixth consecutive Nathan's hot dog eating title.
Joey Chestnut wins his sixth consecutive Nathan's hot dog eating title.

Twenty-eight-year-old Joey "Jaws" Chestnut of San Jose, California, won his sixth consecutive hot-dog-eating title yesterday at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating championship by eating 68 hot dogs in ten minutes.

For those of you into math -- that's 6.8 hot dogs every minute! 

The contest, now in its 97th year, is held every July Fourth in Coney

Island, Brooklyn, at the original Nathan's Restaurant on Surf Avenue, in

the shadow of the world-famous Cyclone roller coaster.

Chestnut beat out 30 other opponents by scarfing nearly six dozen hot

dogs and buns in the allotted time. Tin Janus of New York wasn't even a

close second, downing 52 dogs. Trailing in third place was Patrick

Bertoletti of Chicago with 51 hot dogs.

The competition drew tens of thousands of spectators and was aired live on ESPN2 and rebroadcast on ESPN at 3 p.m.

Chestnut wins $10,000 and retains his mustard-yellow belt. With six wins

under his gut, he's now tied with the infamous Takeru Kobayashi for

consecutive wins. Kobayashi was the hot-dog-eating champ from 2001 to

2007. In an upset, Chestnut unseated the champ and has remained

victorious ever since.

In a separate women's competition, Sonya "The Widow" Thomas won her

second Nathan's women's title by eating 45 hot dogs and buns in the time

limit. She wins $10,000 and a pink champion's belt.

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