The queen has been dethroned.
Two-time defending champion Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas was beaten by 28-year-old Miki Sudo, who scarfed down 34 hot dogs to win the female division of Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest Friday.
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Thomas, 47, a veteran of competitive eating circuit and the first-ever champion of the event’s female division in 2011, managed to eat just 27 3/4 hot dogs, significantly lower than her 36 3/4 from last year and nowhere close to her world-record of 45 in 2012.
Sudo, a newcomer to the sport, burst onto the scene of competitive eating in April of last year when she downed 40 of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. She followed up with an impressive 7 1/2 pounds of San Joaquin Valley deep-fried asparagus in Stockton, California.
Heading into today’s contest, Sudo was ranked fourth in the world by Major League Eating, the governing body of Nathan’s and other contests.