The pandemic couldn’t stop a tornado!
Epic eating champ Joey Chestnut, wolfed down a world record 75 dirty water dogs and buns Saturday, capturing the famed ‘W’ on Coney Island for the 13th time.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Chestnut, whose face turned beet red as he shoved the dogs in his pie-hole, was gorging at a blistering pace of nearly 10 dogs a minute at one point.
With two minutes left in the blowout, Chestnut, a San Jose, California, resident, had eaten his career 1,000 hot dog, the announcer trumpeted.
The annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is synonymous with the Fourth of July.
No matter the pandemic, the 104th annual dirty dog devouring went on but not at the fabled Coney Island boardwalk. This year, the contest took place indoors at a Nathan’s storage room.
The judges wore masks and practiced social distancing and the contestants were handed the wieners by assistants clad in Nathan’s masks and latex gloves.
Chestnut, nicknamed “Jaws,” has now won 13 of the last 14 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contests in the men’s division. The wiener wonder bested five other tomato cans in capturing the coveted Mustard Belt. Chestnut was chasing his 2018 mark of 74 hot dogs and buns.
Earlier, in the women’s competition, reigning hot dog-eating champ Miki Sudo downed 48 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, breaking her previous record at the Coney Island event of 41, which she set in 2017. It’s her seventh women’s Nathan’s title and a new world’s record in the women’s competition.
“To everybody watching at home, I wish you could be here,” a victorious Sudo, 34, said. The 5-foot-4, 114-pound Sudo added it was strange competing without a crowd, but the camera crew was nice enough to clap for her and call her name.