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'Black Widow' Wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., devoured 36 and three-quarters hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Fourth of July Coney Island event, reports the Associated Press.

The 100-pound Thomas went toe-to-toe with Juliet Lee with a second to spare. Lee ate 36 dogs.

The count was much lower than last year, when she broke her own record by eating 45 hot dogs and buns.

Thomas, who manages a fast-food restaurant in Alexandria, is known as the "Black Widow" of competitive eating. She says the challenge of shoveling down dozens of franks is actually "more mental than physical."

"I have to fight with myself," said Thomas before the event.

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a tradition for 97 years.

Joey Chestnut is vying for his seventh straight title in the men's competition. His personal best and the record is 68 hot dogs and buns.

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