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Saturday, July 5, 2014, 14:21

Hot dog gobbled as US marks July 4

By Associated Press

NEW YORK - The reigning champ of the Nathan's famous hot dog eating contest gets to hold onto his mustard yellow belt. Joey "Jaws'' Chestnut packed away 61 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes on Friday at the Coney Island contest. He won last year with 69. Matt Stonie was hoping for an upset. But he downed just 56.

In the women's division, defending champion Sonya "Black Widow'' Thomas lost her title to Miki Sudo. Sudo wolfed down 34 franks and buns. Thomas was only able to devour 27 3/4.  Chestnut got an extra prize Friday. He proposed to his girlfriend, a fellow competitive eater, before the contest. She said yes.

 Hot dog gobbled as US marks July 4

Matt Stonie competes at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island, Friday, July 4, 2014, in New York. Stonie placed second against the reigning champion Joey Chestnut by eating 56 hot dogs and buns. (AP)
 Hot dog gobbled as US marks July 4
Sonya Thomas, left, and Miki Sudo, right, compete at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island, Friday. Sudo defeated the reigning champion Thomas by eating 34 hot dogs and buns. (AP)

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