Alexandria Woman Loses in Famed NY Hot Dog-Eating Contest

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Men's world record holder Joey Chestnut (L) and women's world record holder Sonya Thomas eat a hot dog during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Men’s world record holder Joey Chestnut (L) and women’s world record holder Sonya Thomas eat a hot dog during the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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UPDATED: July 4, 2014 1:51 p.m.

NEW YORK (WNEW/AP) — The Black Widow has been outeaten.

Three-time defending champion Sonya Thomas lost her hot dog eating title Friday 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.

Thirteen women competed Friday in front of a crowd of about 30,000 spectators and a TV audience of about one million in the 99-year-old contest.

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

On her website, Thomas says she was first inspired to get into competitive eating while watching Takeru Kobayashi on TV in 2002. She won her first contest the next year.

The Black Widow, who manages a Burger King as her day job, has also competitively scarfed oysters, hot wings, crawfish, cheesecake and baked beans.

High-ranking chowhound Joey “Jaws” Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday’s annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner’s belt.

The San Jose, California, man 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.

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, 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 will compete against five other competitive eaters at a separate event on Fifth Avenue in a quest to down the most hot dogs without buns in 10 minutes.

Here’s some ESPN footage of Thomas from last year’s contest:

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