NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03: Five-time hot dog eating world champion Joey Chesnut (L) and women's world record holder Sonya Thomas 'stare down' at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July…
NEW YORK - The Black Widow of competitive eating wins again.
Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., beat her own record by gobbling down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Coney Island contest.
The petite Thomas, who goes by "Black Widow," wins $10,000. The previous record was 41 dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
Juliet Lee, of Germantown, Md., took second place with 33 and claims $5,000. Lee also won second last year.
The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.
Joey Chestnut won his sixth straight title in the men's competition by downing 68 hot dogs.
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