San Jose's Chestnut claims eighth straight hot dog eating contest

San Jose's Chestnut claims eighth straight hot dog eating contest
July 4, 2014, 11:00 am
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Joey Chestnut proposed to longtime girlfriend Neslie Ricasa before winning his eighth straight hot dog contest. (USATSI)

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Champion hot dog eater Joey Chestnut has done it again — and he's getting hitched, too.

The powerhouse eater nicknamed "Jaws" downed 61 dogs in 10 minutes for his eighth straight win at the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. He came from behind for the win against competitor Matt Stonie, who consumed 56.

Chestnut earlier took a timeout from the competition to propose to a fellow competitive eater, getting down on bended knee to make it official with longtime girlfriend Neslie Ricasa.

She said yes. The happy couple hails from San Jose, California.

On the women's side of the competition, three-time defending champion Sonya Thomas lost her mustard belt to Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, who wolfed down 34 franks and buns.

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