Joey Chestnut, Sonya Thomas win Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Thomas ate 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes to capture the title. Photo: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP/ABC7) - Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas are the king and queen of eaters. Again.

Chestnut won his sixth straight Coney Island hot dog eating contest, scarfing 68 hot dogs to tie the all-time record in the annual Nathan's contest. Meanwhile, Thomas, an Alexandria resident who goes by the nickname "Black Widow," downed 45 dogs to win the women's competition.

Both Chestnut and Thomas take home $10,000 as this year's champion. Chestnut is now tied with is former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, with six wins. Kobayashi did not compete.

The total tied his personal best and the record. Last year, Chestnut won with 62 hot dogs.

Second place went to Tim Janus with 52 hot dogs, who takes home $5,000. He was third last year.

Juliet Lee, a Germantown resident, came in 2nd in the women's contest, eating 33 in the time allotted. She won $5,000 for her effort.

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.