Joey Chestnut, the California king of eating contests, has won the
The 29-year-old from San Jose had set the record with 68 hot dogs in 2009 and tied it last year. You can see his technique in
Chestnut eclipsed the record of six victories by former rival Takeru Kobayashi. Matt Stone finished in a distant second place with 51 hot dogs.
Even though he pockets $10,000 for the victory, Chestnut claimed that he'd "do this for nothing."
For the first time, women competed separately from men.
Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Va., claimed the victory by matching her age with 49 hot dogs, easily beating runner-up Juliet Lee, who finished with 36.
Thomas, a fast-food restaurant manager known as the "Black Widow," said the secret to eating so many hot dogs is mental.
"I have to fight with myself, so I'm going to try to really focus," Thomas said before the contest.