Japanese Woman Devours Black Widow In Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest


Japanese woman devours Black Widow in Coney Island hot dog eating contestThe Black Widow has been outeaten.
Three-time defending champion Sonya Thomas lost her hot dog eating title July 4 to 28-year-old Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, who wolfed down 34 franks and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's division of the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.


The 47-year-old Thomas, a native of South Korea who now lives in Alexandria, Va., was only able to devour 27 3/4 hot dogs and buns. She scarfed down a record 45 dogs and buns last year.

In the men's division, high-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before the contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.

Chestnut fell far short of his record last year of 69 dogs and buns, but he still easily beat second-place finisher Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, who downed just 56.

"Winning was the only option," the newly engaged champion said afterward. "I wasn't going to taint today with a loss."

Chestnut, 30, took a quick timeout before the contest to make it official with his longtime girlfriend, Neslie Ricasa, who is also a competitive eater.

Chestnut has won eight times in a row now. In 2010, his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, refused to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating, the food equivalent of the NFL, and was banned from competition.

This year, the Japanese native, nicknamed the Tsunami, competed against five other eaters at a separate event in Manhattan in a quest to down the most hot dogs without buns in 10 minutes. He was victorious in that bun-less eat-off, downing 113 frankfurters, an event spokeswoman said.