Joey Chestnut, 'Black Widow' top (hot) dogs

Joey Chestnut, center, wins the Nathan's Famous Fourth Joey Chestnut, center, wins the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest with a total of 69 hot dogs and buns. (July 4, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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Joey Chestnut has downed 69 franks, devouring 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. Second place went to Matt Stonie with 51 hot dogs.

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

Chestnut, 29, has now bested his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, with seven wins. Kobayashi competed in a different eating contest Thursday.

Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas eked out a narrow victory in the women's race by scarfing nearly 37 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Fourth of July Coney Island event.

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.

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