Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA and Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, VA earned the titles of Men’s and Women’s Hot Dog Eating World Champions today at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, held annually at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island.

Our photographer was there to capture all the action as Chestnut downed 62 hot dogs in ten minutes and Thomas consumed 40 dogs and buns to claim the first-ever women's title.

Women's Division Champion Sonya Thomas

Women's Division Champion Sonya Thomas

Runner-up Patrick Bertoletti

Men's Winner Joey Chestnut Downs Another Dog
The contest has been held every year since 1916. This year's event was the first  time male and female eaters competed separately for the titles. The contests offered a total of $40,000 in cash prizes and was covered live by ESPN. Could eating be the next competitive sport in the United States? You mean it isn't already?

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