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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012: Joey Chestnut Wins For Sixth Straight Year

Joey Chestnut won the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Wednesday for the sixth straight year.

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Joey Chestnut Wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest For 6th Straight Year

Joey Chestnut won his sixth straight Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

By downing 68 hot dogs and buns, Chestnut tied his own personal record which also doubles as the event record. The San Jose, Calif., native won $10,000 as the first place prize, tying Takeru Kobayashi with his sixth victory in the world's most prestigious hot dog eating contest.

Kobayashi did not compete again this year because of a contractual dispute. It was the third straight year he did not compete against Chestnut for the title, this time opting to join the inaugural Crifs Dogs Classic in Brooklyn.

Tim Janus finished a distant second with 52 hot dogs eaten, enough to take home the second-place prize of $5,000. He improved on his performance from last year, when he finished in third place.

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

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