Best Photos from the Annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Comp

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Best Photos from the Annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Comp

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.

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