Best Photos from the Annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Comp

Dorth RaphaelyCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2013

Best Photos from the Annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Comp

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    Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas emerged as champions in the 2013 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Fourth of July.

    It marked Chestnut's record seventh consecutive victory, as he dominated with a world-record 69 hot dogs and buns consumed. Meanwhile, Thomas maintained her status as the only woman to win in the three-year history since females began competing separately.

    There was plenty of excitement to be had, as Chestnut eclipsed his own personal best by just one as the 10 minutes wound down, while Thomas came out on top by less than one.

    Let's take a look at some of the best images from this premier competitive eating showcase from Coney Island, N.Y.

Crowds of Fans at Coney Island

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    The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest men's competition kicks off in front of crowds of fans at Coney Island, Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Employees Help the Mascot Get into His Costume

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    Nathan's employees help the mascot get into his costume before the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Joey Chestnut Laughs as He Stands on the Scale

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    Joey Chestnut laughs as he stands on the scale during the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg looks to see how many puns he made while making a speech during the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Mayor Bloomberg Eats a Hot Dog

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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg eats a hot dog during the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Joey Chestnut, Six Time Winner

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    Joey Chestnut, six time winner of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest, is carried to the competition stage through a crowd of fans, Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Chestnut Breaks Record with 69th Hot Dog Eaten

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    CNN's report on the historic 4th of July event.

Women's Division

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    Juliet Lee, left, and Sonya Thomas compete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Thomas won the competition with 36 and three quarters hot dogs and buns. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)