Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo crush the hot dog contest -- again

Ruben Fields
July 5, 2020

Chestnut - who ate 71 hot dogs in 2019 - was considered the heavy favorite entering the event. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as men's and women's champions at Saturday's Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest. It surpassed his previous record of 74 in 2018, and earned him his 13th career Mustard Yellow Belt. It was like blistering speed. Minute six is where I really missed the crowd. and I hit a wall, and it took me a little bit more work to get through it. But Stonie won't be able to compete this year, due to travel restrictions.

Darron Breeden finished second in the men's competition with 42 hot dogs and buns.

The 36-year-old competitive eater from San Jose, California, came back from a slow start and rallied to down his record-setting 75th hot dog and bun at the buzzer.

Her victory on Saturday was the seventh consecutive triumph for Sudo.

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'I feel great, ' said Sudo. Both hot dog totals were world records.

While the visuals might be unusual, the contest will once again feature top competitors like Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo, the reigning champions in the men's and women's divisions.

Normally open to the public, this year's contest will be held in a private location, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Competitors were also separated by clear barriers, according to CNN, and were limited to five people for each contest, per ESPN.

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