Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champ Wins For Seventh Straight Year

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Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2013. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)
News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Fri. July 5, 2013: Joey Chestnut has made history again, becoming the seventh time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating champion in Coney Island, Brooklyn on Thursday, July 4th.

Chestnut scarfed down a whopping 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes – a new world record – before a crowd of 40,000 at Surf And Stillwell Aves..

The previous record was 68, which was set last year by the man now called “Jaws.”

“I almost started crying for a second. I’m happy as heck!” said Chestnut, 29, after his historical win. “Things came together today. The hot dogs were really good. It wasn’t too hot.”

The women contestants at Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2013. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)
Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, the defending 2012 champ, won the women’s contest with 36 3/4 hot dogs.

According to archives, the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4th in Coney Island, NY since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant. Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sport, sanctions the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and that safety standards are in place at each event.