Alexandria Woman Sets Record In Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

11:11 AM, Jul 5, 2004   |    comments
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Sonya Thomas, 36, of Alexandria has made hot dog history. The 100-pound Thomas downed 32 hot dogs The 100-pound Thomas downed 32 hot dogs in the annual Nathan's Famous hot dog eating competition at Coney Island, the Super Bowl of competitive eating. That's the most ever eaten by an American, and any other woman, in the contest's history. She weighs anywhere from 100 to 110 pounds depending on the contents of her stomach, and is a rock star in the world of competitive eating. For the fourth straight year, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan won the gorgefest, eating 53-and-a-half hot dogs in 12 minutes. He ate an average of one every 13 seconds. The closest competitor -- another man from Japan -- could eat just a mere 38. Kobayashi and Thomas are ranked number one and two in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. Sonya Thomas, a wisp of a woman who She is ranked No. 2 in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, second only to Japan's Takeru Kobayashi, who for the last three years has won the annual Fourth of July hot-dog eating contest at Coney Island Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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