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Competitive Eaters Weigh In For Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest (PHOTOS)

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COMPETITIVE EATERS WEIGH IN
Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, waves during a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Coney Island Fourth of July international hot dog-eating contest at City Hall park in New York, Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., who weighs 100 pounds, holds more than 30 world hot dog-eating records, is an aerospace engineer in when she's not a competitive eater. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) | AP

NEW YORK (Associated Press) -- 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.

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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