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Joey "Jaws" Chestnut breaks world record by eating 70 hotdogs at annual July Fourth contest

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jul 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-04 15:38:15-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has upset Matt Stonie to regain the championship title at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island.

Chestnut downed 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes on Monday, beating out Stonie by 17 dogs.

Both men are from San Jose, California.

Chestnut's 70 dogs were the most ever eaten at a competition. In 2013, he set a world record by eating 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

The 32-year-old Chestnut had won eight straight competitions in a row before losing the Mustard Yellow International Belt to Stonie last year in an upset.

Contest officials said Chestnut set a new record last month when he ate 73 1/2 hot dogs and buns during a qualifying event.

Defending champion Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'-doh) has won the women's division of the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island.

The Las Vegas woman ate 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to hold onto the coveted title Monday. Sudo won the contest last two years.

Thousands of people — many wearing Nathan's Famous hats — gathered on Coney Island's famed boardwalk for the July Fourth contest.

The men's competition is later Saturday. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will face off against defending champ Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie.

Chestnut set the world record by eating 69 dogs in 10 minutes in 2013. He won eight straight competitions in a row before losing the Mustard Yellow International Belt to Stonie last year in an upset.

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