Sonya Thomas, the Virginia woman known as the “Black Widow” for her ability to devour food and competitors, beat her own record on Wednesday (July 4) when she scarfed down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women’s competition at the 2012 Coney Island Nathan’s hot dog eating contest.
She’ll take home $10,000 for her trouble. Her previous record was 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
“I do train for the speed, so I just [speed-eat] for about one or two minutes,” the 5-foot-5-inch, 105-pound Thomas told Zap2it ahead of the competition. “For the volume, I try to get [my stomach] expanded, but it’s so hard. And I try to eat like 50 hot dogs and buns in 10 or 12 minutes. So if I can get my body expanded to 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, maybe I can do it.”
This latest title is just the latest addition to Thomas’ eating awards. She also has championship baubles for eating oysters (47 dozen in eight minutes), crawfish (3.25 pounds in 10 minutes), clams (26 dozen in six minutes) and cheesecake (11 pounds in nine minutes).
“I’m very competitive, not only in eating,” says Thomas. “In anything I do, I want to be the best … because I don’t want people to be better than me.”
Meanwhile, men’s division winner Joey Chestnut tied his world record and walked away with a win by eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. This is his sixth win in six years.