Hot dog champions set world records at famous food fest

Hot dog champions set world records at famous food fest
Hot Dog Eating Contest

World records were set at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in the US amid social distancing measures at the annual gluttony fest.

The coronavirus outbreak moved the famous competition from the Coney Island boardwalk to an undisclosed indoor location but the results were familiar: Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo were men’s and women’s champions once again.

Chestnut downed 75 wieners and buns in 10 minutes and Sudo downed 48-and-a-half in the same time, setting new world records for both the men’s and women’s events.

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut sets a new world record with 75 hot dogs (John Minchillo/AP)

“I’m always pushing for a record,” Chestnut said before the contest started.

“I know that’s what the fans want.”

The annual Fourth of July hot dog contest normally takes place outside Nathan’s flagship shop in Brooklyn, New York, but was held indoors without spectators.

Just five women and five men competed, and clear plastic barriers separated them as they chowed down.

Champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo (John Minchillo/AP)

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

It was Chestnut’s 13th win and Sudo’s seventh.

They will each take home 10,000 dollars (£8,000).

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