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The Latest: 5 people taken into custody at hot dog contest

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Joey Chestnut wins the 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 wins the 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)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest (all times local):

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.)

1:55 p.m.

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)

Police say five people have been taken into custody after trying to disrupt the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in New York.

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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)

About midway through the men's competition, some people amid the crowd of spectators at the contest on the Coney Island boardwalk appeared to be trying to unfold a black banner. Police stationed at the event rushed into the crowd, handcuffed the demonstrators and took them away.

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)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had members giving away free vegan hot dogs outside the event, but a spokeswoman says the people arrested inside weren't with PETA.

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1:05 p.m.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut continues his reign as the chowing champion at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in New York.

The San Jose, California, man beat his own record to log a 10th win. He downed 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes Tuesday, besting Carmen Cincotti (sihn-CAH'-tee), who ate 62.

Chestnut downed 70 franks and buns in 10 minutes last year, topping his record at the time and taking back the title from Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie. Stonie came in third on Tuesday, with 48 franks and buns.

Chestnut said at Monday's pre-contest weigh-in that he models his training after marathoners, slowly building up to eating more and more franks as the contest approaches.

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11:45 a.m.

Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'-doh) has notched a fourth-time win in the women's division of the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in New York.

The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title Tuesday. She beat Michelle Lesco, who downed 32 franks and buns. Women's record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas came in third with 30.

Thomas holds the women's record for the contest, at 45 dogs and buns.

Thousands of people — many wearing hot-dog-shaped hats — gathered on Coney Island's famed boardwalk for the contest.

The men's competition is later Tuesday. Nine-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will defend his title in a rematch against Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie.

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12:30 a.m.

Record-setting eaters are gearing up to gobble at the renowned Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in New York.

Nine-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is defending his title Tuesday at the showdown on the Coney Island boardwalk.

Chestnut's facing Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie in a rematch. Chestnut downed 70 franks and buns in 10 minutes last year, topping his own Coney Island record.

Meanwhile, Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'-doh) is hoping for a fourth title in a row as she confronts Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas in the women's competition. Sudo powered through 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns to beat Thomas last year. But Thomas holds the women's record, at 45 franks.

The chowdown showdown usually draws thousands of spectators and is televised on ESPN.

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