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Hot dog champs repeat as July 4 gluttony fest moves indoors

/ 06:57 AM July 05, 2020

NEW YORK  — The coronavirus outbreak moved the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest from the Coney Island boardwalk to an undisclosed indoor location but the results were familiar: Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as men’s and women’s champions of the annual gluttony fest on Saturday.

Competitive eaters Miki Sudo, left, and Joey Chestnut, right, pose for a photograph after a weigh-in before the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The weigh-in was held in a private, socially-distanced ceremony in the Williamsburg neighborhood due to COVID-19 concerns. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Chestnut downed 75 wieners and buns in 10 minutes and Sudo downed 48 1/2 in the same span, setting new world records for both the men’s and women’s events. “I’m always pushing for a record,” Chestnut said before the contest started. “I know that’s what the fans want.”

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The annual Fourth of July hot dog contest normally takes place outside Nathan’s flagship shop in Brooklyn but was held indoors without in-person spectators on Saturday. Just five women and five men competed, and clear plastic barriers separated them as they chowed down.

“Minute six is where I really missed the crowd,” Chestnut said on ESPN, which broadcast the competition, “and I hit a wall, and it took me a little bit more work to get through it.”

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It was Chestnut’s 13th Nathan’s Famous win and Sudo’s seventh. They will each take home $10,000.

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