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New York City. Joey Chestnut re-took the crown eating 70 hot dogs and beating last year's winner Matt Stonie's 53 hot dogs consumed

But what about eating 70 dogs (with buns)?

While contestants like Joey Chestnut were on stage stuffing their faces, some spectators were taking aim at other faces in the crowd.

We are here to talk about the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, which has taken place every July 4 on Coney Island since 1972.

Chestnut said he slowed down a bit and was disappointed he was unable to reach 73, which is what he ate in qualifying.

"I didn't do what I wanted to do", Chestnut, 33, said Tuesday on ESPN after the event. "I know I can do better".

"Next year, if I come back, you can bet I'll be pushing harder", Chestnut told ESPN2 shortly after winning the event.

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But he also basked in the moment. "I treat competitive eating like a sport, it's not like going to a buffet, I'm not a buffet buster".

Matt Stonie, the 2015 champion, finished in third with 48.

As many as 30,000 fans are expected to be on hand to watch the top eaters tackle as many Nathan's Famous hot dogs as they can in 10 minutes.

Competitive eating is an intense sport, with a hard training regimen. Sonya Thomas holds the record for women with 45 hots dogs eaten in 10 minutes in 2012. The Worldwide Leader even put its statisticians to work to reveal that since 2005, Chestnut had consumed 726 hot dogs in his Independence Day career heading into this year.

Miki Sudo won her fourth title in the woman's competition, eating 41 hot dogs in 10 minutes, according to ESPN.

The competition, where participants try to devour as many hot dogs with buns as they can in an allotted time, dates back to 1967 when Walter Paul won. So Chestnut and Stonie, for all their extraordinary powers, could just as easily be seen as everyday patriots.

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