Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut regains title in Fourth of July hot dog eating contest

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Joey Chestnut competes in the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island July 4, 2016 in New York City. Joey Chestnut re-took the crown, eating 70 hot dogs and beating last year's winner Matt Stonie's 53 hot dogs consumed. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Joey Chestnut competes in the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island July 4, 2016 in New York City. Joey Chestnut re-took the crown, eating 70 hot dogs and beating last year’s winner Matt Stonie’s 53 hot dogs consumed. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

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.

In the women’s division, defending champion Miki Sudo, of Las Vegas,  won by eating 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sudo won the contest last two years.

 Women's winner Miki Sudo competes in the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island July 4, 2016 in New York City. Joey Chestnut re-took the crown, eating 70 hot dogs and beating last year's winner Matt Stonie's 53 hot dogs consumed. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Women’s winner Miki Sudo competes in the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island July 4, 2016 in New York City. Joey Chestnut re-took the crown, eating 70 hot dogs and beating last year’s winner Matt Stonie’s 53 hot dogs consumed. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

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

 

 

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