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Chestnut eats 69 hot dogs for record 7th straight title

Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Joey Chestnut broke his own record by downing 69 hot dogs and buns on Thursday to win the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for a record seventh straight year.

Chestnut topped the record he swallowed in 2009 at the traditional July 4th event to take home the Mustard Yellow International Belt for a seventh straight year.

Takeru Kobayashi held the previous record with six straight titles set from 2001-2006 before being upended up Chestnut in 2007.

Nathan's says the hot dog eating contest has occurred each July 4th except two since 1916, always in Coney Island.

07/04 13:33:22 ET