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No crowd, no problem: Joey Chestnut smashes his own July 4 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest...


While this year's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest had no spectators, one thing remained the same - Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo came out on top. 

The 36-year-old Chestnut devoured 75 wieners in 10 minutes on Saturday to win the Mustard Yellow Belt for the 13th time in 14 years.

Chestnut beat his own record of 74 hot dogs, which he set in 2018.

'It was hard,' Chestnut told ESPN. At one point, Chestnut was downing some 10 hot dogs per minute.

'I knew I was fast in the beginning. It was like blistering speed. 

'And the dogs were cooked really well today. 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. 

'This is a crazy year, and I'm happy I was able to get a record.'

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

Sudo set her own world record by eating 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

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

She smashed the previous record of 45 held by Sonya Thomas, which was set in 2013. 

'I feel great,' said Sudo. 

'I'm sure the physical effects will kick in in a little bit. I think the condensed preparation period really lit a fire under me.' 

Chestnut, a native of San Jose, California, is the defending men's champion, having downed 71 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes last year for his 12th title. 

A year earlier, he set the record with 74 hot dogs and buns.

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