Joey Chestnut, Speed-eating champion, in action
Joey Chestnut has gorged his way to his sixth win in a row at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest - downing 68 dogs in 10 minutes.
Last year, the 28-year-old Californian speed-eater, whose nickname is "Jaws", won the contest on Coney Island in New York by eating 62 hot dogs, reports Sky News.
This time round he beat his main rival by 16 dogs, taking home the $10,000 (£6,409) prize as well as the mustard yellow winner's belt.
"I feel good, it was a great win," said Chestnut, whose 68-dog tally matched his previous personal best.
He said he wished he could have eaten a record number of hot dogs for the audience, adding: "I tried my best. I'm looking forward to next year already."
Second place went to Tim Janus of New York with 52 hot dogs, who received $5,000 (£3,205), while third place went to Patrick Bertoletti from Chicago with 51, who won $2,500 (£1,602).
Chestnut was neck-and-neck with his rival competitors during the first half of the contest but he pulled ahead in the remaining minutes, choking down dog after dog as the others slowed down.
Chestnut is now tied with his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, aka the "Tsunami", for consecutive wins.
The Japanese champion held the record for hot dog eating from 2001 to 2007, when he was unseated by Chestnut.
But two years ago, after refusing to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating, he was banned from taking part in the competition.
He showed up anyway, wearing a T-shirt that said "Free Kobi", rushed the stage and was arrested, but the charges were later dropped.
Last year, the Japanese speed-eater held an unofficial contest from a rooftop near a giant plasma TV airing the official competition live. He competed in a different eating contest this year.
Sonya Thomas, of Virginia, downed 45 wieners to win the women's competition.
She reached her goal of eating 45 in the time limit - her age - and took home her own pink champion's belt and $10,000 (£6,419).
Thomas, known as the "Black Widow" of competitive eating, won last year as well, the first time a separate contest was held for women.
Juliet Lee, of Maryland, took second place with 33 hot dogs, while Arizona woman Michelle Lesco was third after downing 25.5.
Thomas said she started to feel sick while eating but kept going so she could win the title.
The Nathan's Famous Fourth Of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a tradition for 97 years.
Tens of thousands of spectators gather to watch the contestants dip hot dogs in water and cram them down their throats.
But the American Medical Association opposes competitive eating, saying it is harmful to the human body.