Here Are The Over-Stuffed Winners Of This Year’s Fourth Of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest

There’s a new queen and reigning king in Coney Island. But what about Kobayashi?

1. Every year, the Nathan’s Famous-sponsored contest opens on Coney Island with the top women in competitive eating.

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From left to right: Michelle Lesco, Sonya Thomas, Miki Sudo, and Juliet Lee.

2. “Black Widow” — or Sonya Thomas, a 47-year-old South Korean native who lives in Virginia — has won the past three years.

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3. But she had serious competition this year in Miki Sudo, a 28-year-old from Las Vegas.

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4. In the end, “Black Widow” ate 27¾ hot dogs in 10 minutes — nowhere near her 2013 record of 45.

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5. Sudo downed 34 dogs, ending Thomas’s streak and taking home the $20,000 prize.

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6. The men’s competition began later in the afternoon — after reigning champion Joey Chestnut proposed to his longtime girlfriend live on ESPN.

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From left to right: Tim Janus, Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie, and Erik Denmark.

7. The race got close, with Matt Stonie at times taking the lead over “Jaws.”

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8. But Chestnut was the victor (for the eighth consecutive year) after consuming 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

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9. Meanwhile, Takeru Kobayashi — famously engaged in a contract dispute with Major League Eating — ate 113 bunless hot dogs at a Manhattan event countering the Coney Island competition.

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10. America!

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