Calif. Man Wins Hot Dog Contest

The San Jose native known as "Jaws" scarfed down 68 hot dogs and buns to win Wednesday in Brooklyn.

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    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A plate of Nathan's hot dogs are seen prior to the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Joey Chestnut won the men's division by successfully tying his own world record by eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes; he has now won the competition six years in a row.

    Joey Chestnut won his sixth straight Coney Island hot dog eating contest.

    The San Jose native known as "Jaws" scarfed down 68 hot dogs and buns to win Wednesday in Brooklyn. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion's belt.

    In a tweet from his handle, @joeyjaws, Chestnut said: "Im (sic) at Coney Island, ready to dominate the contest and celebrate 4th of July. Like a boss."

    The total tied his personal best and the record. Last year, Chestnut won with 62 hot dogs.

    Second place went to Tim Janus with 52 hot dogs, who takes home $5,000. He was third last year.

    Chestnut is now tied with is former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, with six wins. Kobayashi did not compete.

    Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., downed 45 hot dogs to win the women's competition.

    The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.

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