Nathan’s hot dog eating contest: Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo win and break records according to the July 4 tradition

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CONEY ISLAND, New York – Joey Chestnut won the Nathan hot dog eating contest for men, while Miki Sudo won the crown for women’s Saturday.Chestnut set a new world record by eating 75 hot dogs in ten minutes for their 13th title.

Sudo has won its seventh consecutive title. She dominated the field, setting a female record by eating 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

The annual hot dog contest, an American vacation tradition on Coney Island for generations, was held in a private location with COVID-19 security measures in place.

The event included 10-minute competitions for the main male and female eaters.

Chestnut previously held the world record by slaughtering 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in 2018.

He weighed 220 pounds on Friday as he pursued his 13th title.

Chestnut said he ate too much when the coronavirus pandemic started in March.

“I ate too much and gained some weight. Once I realized that I was gaining weight, I started to eat a healthy diet, a lot more vegetables, “he said. “It is difficult to eat healthy during your forties. It’s so easy to order takeout and delivery. ”

Chestnut said it’s weird to know that he won’t have an audience this year, especially since he draws a lot of energy from the crowd.

Sudo’s best record of all time was 41 hot dogs and buns. The previous female world record is 45 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and brioches in 10 minutes.

On Friday, the six-time champion weighed 132 pounds.

“We are delighted to announce that the hot dog eating competition will take place this year,” said James Walker, famed senior vice president, Nathan’s Restaurants. “2020 has been a year for history books, and the realization that this July 4 tradition could happen, is a great feeling. That said, our country and our world have endured so much in the past two months, that we would be careless if we did not use this moment to honor those who have done so much for each of us during this time. ”

The contest, which includes an annual donation of 100,000 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs to the New York Food Bank, will be dedicated to raising funds for food banks and raising awareness of the needs of food banks.

Major League Eating and individual consumers will donate to food banks and use the competition as a platform to showcase the work of these organizations.

The competition will also be used as a platform to honor essential workers in New York City, many of whom have not been recognized for their efforts.

“We owe a lot to those who nurtured and cared for our communities during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to honoring them on July 4,” said Walker.

ESPN broadcast the televised contest, which included only five eaters rather than the usual 15 to allow social distancing.

“The Nathan’s Famous contest is synonymous with July 4, America and the celebration of freedom,” said host George Shea. “We are honored to use the contest to highlight the incredible spirit of those who have supported our city and our nation through the current challenge. “

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