At Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest, One Champion Keeps His Title and Another Reclaims Hers.

One competitor won his 15th contest in a row and another reclaimed her title as the world’s top ranked female eater during the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Monday.

Joey Chestnut, 38, who is known as “Jaws” and holds 50 world records in eating competitions, finished first after gobbling 63 hot dogs.

Miki Sudo, the world’s No. 1 ranked female eater who sat out the women’s contest last year because she was pregnant, came in first after wolfing down 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes. She beat Michelle Lesco, 38, who won in 2021.

“What better place to take the title back?” Ms. Sudo said from the stage after the competition, as she held her son, Max. “This has been an amazing comeback.”

The contest, which was held at alternate locations the past two years because of the pandemic, returned to Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, a venue as storied as “the parquet floor of Boston Garden,” said Rich Shea, the president of Major League Eating, on ESPN, which broadcast the competition.

The return of the contest to Coney Island attracted thousands of spectators who flocked to the original Nathan’s location to watch the competition.

Spectators carried signs that read, “Don’t Throw Up” and “Tastes Like Freedom” and others wore hot dog costumes as they cheered on the eaters, who came from around the country, as well as Australia and the United Kingdom to compete.

George Shea, the host of the contest and a founder of Major League Eating, hailed the competition as “a battle of the titans, the early gods,” as a choir of singers in white robes sang behind him.

“We are back,” he shouted. “We are back, Brooklyn!” Kristen Thomlan, 31, traveled three hours from Coventry, Rhode Island the night before to see her first Nathan’s competition in person.

“I wanted to see a legend and maybe see a world record broken,” Ms. Thomlan said referring to Mr. Chestnut.

Ms. Sudo, who competed with an injured wrist, did not beat her personal record of 48.5 hot dogs, but she kept well ahead of the 12 other challengers during the contest. Halfway through the event, she had eaten more than 20 hot dogs, while the next competitor had only consumed 16.