Joey "Jaws" Chestnut successfully defended his hot dog-eating championship, eating 68 hot dogs (he tied his record) in ten minutes. Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas also defended her title, and set a new record of 45 hot dogs at Nathan's Famous Restaurant hot dog-eating competition on Brooklyn's Coney Island. Before the competition Thomas said, "My technique is I dunk two hot dogs in the water cup and then eat." Chestnut won for the sixth time and prefers to eat "like a beast." Last year was the first time men and women were divided up into separate competitions.