July 4 (UPI) – Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo won Nathan’s hot dog eating contest on July 4, Saturday, this year without a crowd.
chestnut ate 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, setting a new world record at the event which broadcast on ESPN. He surpassed his previous record of 74 in 2018 and earned him his 13th mustard yellow belt in his career. He didn’t hit his 2018 record last year, but still won.
Sudo set a new world record in the women’s competition division by eating 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. She now has seven champion titles.
The annual competition is usually held on July 4 in Brooklyn’s Coney Island, NY, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was held in a private location with no audience. The 10-minute contests, one for men and one for women, included five participants instead of the usual 15, to allow social distancing. Other precautions taken by COVID-19 included workers wearing masks and gloves and competitors tested for the virus.
“Legend has it that on July 4, 1916, four immigrants gathered at the very first Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand on Coney Island and marked the history of the contest,” says Nathan’s website. “As the story goes, they were competing to see who was the most patriotic. How did they determine the winner? With a hot dog contest, of course!”