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Joey Chestnut defends title, gobbles down record 72 hot dogs

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/4/2017 By MAYLAN L. STUDART, Associated Press
Joey Chestnut eats two hot dogs at a time during the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. Chestnut won, marking his 10th victory in the event. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Joey Chestnut eats two hot dogs at a time during the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. Chestnut won, marking his 10th victory in the event. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — Joey "Jaws" Chestnut gulped, chomped and powered his way to a 10th title on Tuesday, continuing his record-setting reign as the chowing champion at the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

Joey Chestnut holds his trophies after winning Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, marking his 10th victory in the event, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Joey Chestnut holds his trophies after winning Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, marking his 10th victory in the event, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Shoving water-soaked buns and wriggling franks into his mouth on a hot, sunny day on the Coney Island boardwalk, he downed 72 dogs and buns in 10 minutes to beat his own record and hoist the Mustard Belt for a 10th time. The San Jose, California, man bested up-and-comer Carmen Cincotti, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, who ate 62 franks and buns on his 24th birthday.

Joey Chestnut eats two hot dogs at a time during the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. Chestnut won, marking his 10th victory in the event. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Joey Chestnut eats two hot dogs at a time during the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. Chestnut won, marking his 10th victory in the event. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Miki Sudo notched a fourth straight win in the women's competition. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns to beat Michelle Lesco of Tucson, Arizona, who downed 32 franks and buns.

Miki Sudo, center, celebrates after winning the women's division of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Miki Sudo, center, celebrates after winning the women's division of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

During the men's competition, five people were taken into custody for trying to disrupt the event, police said. The people appeared to be attempting to unfold a black banner before police stopped them and took them away. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals members had been giving away free vegan hot dogs outside the event, but spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher said the people arrested inside weren't affiliated with PETA.

Joey Chestnut wins the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, marking his 10th victory in the event, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. He downed 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Joey Chestnut wins the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, marking his 10th victory in the event, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. He downed 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Chestnut has dominated the chowdown throwdown for years, eating 70 franks and buns last year to top his then-record and take back the title from Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie. The 25-year-old Stonie came in third on Tuesday, with 48 franks and buns.

Miki Sudo, center, competes in the women's division of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in New York. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Miki Sudo, center, competes in the women's division of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in New York. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

"There's no secret, I love to eat, and I love doing it, I love to win, so I had to figure out my body and push it to the limit," a sweating Chestnut said after his win. The 33-year-old said he'd hoped to down even more dogs but was leaving feeling good.

Police remove an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Police remove an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Cincotti said he'd eaten a thousand hot dogs since May in preparation for his second try at the Mustard Belt. Getting to even second place is "surreal — I grew up watching this contest," he said.

Police arrest an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Police arrest an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Meanwhile, the women's side has featured a yearslong rivalry between Sudo and record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, of Alexandria, Virginia. Thomas, who's 50, came in third on Tuesday with 30 dogs and buns, well shy of her record 45.

Miki Sudo, center, celebrates after winning the women's division of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Miki Sudo, center, celebrates after winning the women's division of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Sudo told ESPN she "just came back better than ever" this year. She's 31; Lesco is 33.

Police remove animal rights activists as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Police remove animal rights activists as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

One of America's most outlandish July Fourth traditions, the contest dates to 1972, though the company has for years promoted what a former president acknowledged was a legendary start date of 1916.

Miki Sudo grabs her fourth Nathan's Famous Hotdog eating contest win in the women's division on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sudo won after eating 41 hotdogs and buns. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.) © The Associated Press Miki Sudo grabs her fourth Nathan's Famous Hotdog eating contest win in the women's division on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sudo won after eating 41 hotdogs and buns. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

Leigh Brown and her husband brought her 11-year-old sons, Carter and Corbyn, all the way from Florida to see it.

Joey Chestnut eats two hot dogs at a time during the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. Chestnut won, marking his 10th victory in the event. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Joey Chestnut eats two hot dogs at a time during the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. Chestnut won, marking his 10th victory in the event. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

"They really wanted to come. They always watched it on TV, so it's pretty special for them," Brown said.

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