Man Downs 69 Dogs To Win Seventh Straight Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest
By Nick Divito,Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) As the winner of this year's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at New York's Coney Island, Joey Chestnut gets a mustard-colored belt and $10,000 in prize money.
But he says, "I'd do this for nothing." Chestnut says he's motivated by the prestige of being a champion eater, not by the prize money.
The San Jose, Calif., man known as "Jaws" ate 69 franks -- one more than his previous record -- to take the top prize today. It's his seventh victory in the event -- one more than his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, who competed today in a different eating contest.
Defending her title in the women's division was Sonya Thomas of Virginia, a 100-pound dynamo known as the "Black Widow" of competitive eating. She wolfed down nearly 37 wieners for a narrow victory.