Joey Chestnut beat his previous record by eating sixty-eight hot dogs & buns (H.D.B.) in ten minutes, nine more than in 2008, setting new event, U.S., and world records. He became the second person to win three consecutive titles. Kobayashi ate 64.5 H.D.B., setting a Japanese record, & Patrick Bertoletti placed third with fifty-five H.D.B. Chestnut improved his H.D.B. per minute in 2009's contest to 6.8 from the 5.9 he had in 2008. Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas broke her own female record with forty-one H.D.B.