The real hot dogs

A man has been crowned the world champion in the Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest for the fifth straight year at the annual 4 July event

Joey Chestnut downed 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes before more than 40,000 people at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York and before more than 1.5 million TV viewers.

Chestnut, a 220-pound 27-year-old engineering student from San Jose, California, bested 16 other competitors, including three who had flown in from China, according to George Shea, the competition’s exuberant master of ceremonies.

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas won the women’s contest, which was held separately for the first time this year, after downing 40 hotdogs.

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