Joey Chestnut proposes to girlfriend then claims hot dog eating title

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:52 PM ET

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut proposed to his girlfriend just before downing 61 hot dogs Friday in the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, N.Y.

Chestnut, 30, ate the hot dogs in 10 minutes, falling below his goal of 70. The world record, which he set last year, is 69 hot dogs.

It was Chestnut's eighth title. Oh, and his girlfriend said yes to his proposal.

It was raining as Chestnut chowed down against his fellow competitors, including Matt Stonie, who came in second in 2013 with 51 hot dogs. This year, Stonie ate 56 hot dogs and buns.

In the women's division, two-time champion Sonya Thomas, dubbed the Black Widow, lost to Miki Sudo, who ate 34 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Thomas ate 27 3/4 hot dogs.

Sudo said she had wanted to eat 45 hot dogs, but came up short "due to the weather."

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Contestant Joey Chestnut proposes to his girlfriend, fellow competitive eater Neslie Ricasa, during the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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