It's kind of difficult to explain just how important the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is to this country on the Fourth of July. Or rather, it's difficult to explain just how important the organizers of one of the world's most famous eating competitions think it is to American traditions.
The 2020 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place the first time in an indoor arena without any fans to witness the live event which usually takes place in Coney Island, NY. The two main stars to keep an eye on are Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.
Sudo was the first of the two stars to compete in the contest, and she certainly reminded everyone why she's the dominant champion of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Her official total was 48.5 hot dogs and buns, which not only beat her own personal record, but set a new world record in the women's division of this competition. This also means that she has seven Hot Dog Eating Contest titles, putting her second all-time to only Joey Chestnut, and having her pass Takeru Kobayashi on the all-time list.
Chestnut followed one dominant, record-breaking performance with another dominant, record-breaking performance. Not only did he get his 13th career Mustard Yellow Belt, complete his four-peat and absolutely wipe the floor against his competition, but he also set a new world record, eating 75 hot dogs and buns in the span of 10 minutes. The total surpassed the previous record, which Chestnut also set, of 74, which was accomplished in 2018.