Joey Chestnut Sets New Record

He and Sonja 'the Black Widow' Thomas both repeat as champs

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 4, 2013 12:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – Can no one stop the sausage-consuming juggernauts that are Joey Chestnut and Sonja Thomas? Chestnut not only won his seventh-consecutive title today at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, he set a new world record by scarfing down 69 hot dogs and buns during the ten minutes allotted, SB Nation reports. The total tops his own personal best of 68, a record he shared with absent archrival Kobayashi. Doubting oddsmakers had set his over/under at just 63.5 dogs.

Thomas—aka "the Black Widow"—also kept her crown for another year, but just barely. Thomas managed just 36 and three-quarters dogs, narrowly edging out Juliet Lee, who devoured 36 even, the AP reports. Thomas, who has won every year since Nathan began holding a separate women's competition in 2011, ate a record 45 dogs last year.

Michael Bloomberg watches and Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas face off while eating hot dogs after the official weigh-in for the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut competes in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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