Updated 07/04/2012 04:30 PM
Defending Champs Rule At Annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
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Hot dog eating champ Joey Chestnut defended his title once again Wednesday at the 97th annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The men's champ won his sixth straight title after downing 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
While 14 other men just didn't have the chops to unseat the champion eater, they did their best to eat dozens.
"I feel like I should have eaten a lot more because I can talk to you right now. If I ate enough and ate until I was full, I would be able I move. But, I feel good," said Third Place Contestant Patrick Bertoletti.
"To know I did 32 and to know how uncomfortable I am right now. Is it worth it?" said Fifth Place Contestant Sean Gordon.
Meanwhile, Sonya Thomas, known as the "Black Widow", matched her goal, downing 45 hot dogs and buns in the women's version of the contest.
That tops her record of 41 set last year.
Both champs take home the coveted Mustard Belt and $10,000 for their efforts.
"I wish I could have eaten a little bit more for everybody but there's next year," Chestnut said. "Towards the end it was building up a little bit, now it's all settled and I'm just pissed at myself for not eating two more but i can't complain too much, I dominated the competition."
"I'm so happy. I set my record and I won and I feel good, today's American Independence day and I want to celebrate all Americans," said Thomas.
Meantime, another super size event that took place nearby was the first ever "Apple Pie Dive".
Celebrities including sport stars Mookie Wilson and Greg Louganis jumped into 180 gallons of pie filler to promote a new cable network.