• Hot Dog Eating Contest

Chestnut ties world record in Hot Dog Contest

ESPN staff
July 4, 2012
Chestnut ties world record in Hot Dog Contest

Joey Chestnut continued his era of dominance by winning his sixth consecutive Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York on Wednesday.

The man known as "Jaws" scarfed down 68 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes to win. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion's belt.

The total tied both his personal best and the world record. Last year, Chestnut won with 62 hot dogs. "It feels great to get the win, but I'm a little bummed I didn't get to 70," Chestnut said.

Second place went to Tim Janus with 52 hot dogs; he takes home $5,000. He was third last year.

Chestnut, 28, is now tied with his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, with six wins. Kobayashi did not compete this year.

Sonya Thomas downed 45 hot dogs to win the women's competition. "I'm going to be 45, so I wanted to eat my age," she said.

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