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World champion speed eaters weigh in during run-up to NY’s big July Fourth contest


Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas celebrate together after their wins at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest last year.


NEW YORK  — Ready, set, eat!

Some world-champion speed eaters attended a weigh-in Tuesday in the run-up to New York’s annual July Fourth hot dog contest.

Defending champions Joey Chestnut and Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas weigh 210 and 100 pounds, respectively.

A display table held two platters of neatly stacked hot dogs and buns, along with two ornate champion belts — pink for her, mustard yellow for him.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg officiated at the City Hall Park ceremony. After rattling off countless puns, including “dog fight,” the mayor threw caution to the wind.

He asked: “Who wrote this?” That sentence ended with a naughty word.

The main event is Wednesday in Coney Island.

The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.

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