Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2013: Joey Chestnut, Sonya Thomas win

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(AP/ABC7){ }By just three-quarters of a hot dog, Alexandria's Sonya Thomas is a champion again, while his male counterpart set a world record for the most hot dogs eaten in a competition.

Thomas, known in competitive eating circles as the "Black Widow," won her third straight Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Thursday, chowing down on 36 3/4 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

She barely defeated Juliet Lee, a Germantown native, who finished the contest with 36 hot dogs eaten.

Meanwhile, in the men's competition, 29-year-old Joey Chestnut broke his own world record, eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win his 7th straight Nathan's Mustard Yellow Belt.

The 29-year-old Chestnut is a six-time winner from San Jose, Calif. He set the record of 68 weiners and buns in 10 minutes in 2009. He tied it last year.

The 45-year-old Thomas powered through 45 dogs to take the women's championship last year. She also won in 2011, the first year women competed separately.

The chowdown showdown is in its 98th year. Nathan's donates 100,000 hot dogs to a New York City food bank every year as part of the competition.