NEW YORK -- This year's Fourth of July hot dog eating
contest on Coney Island has a new taste: Nathan's Famous women-only
Sonya Thomas and nine other women will compete Monday before the
men's stomach-churning feast.
Thomas has set a women's world record by stuffing 41 hot dogs
into her 105-pound frame -- in 10 minutes.
The man to beat eating dogs is world champion Joey Chestnut.
Last year, he ate his way to a fourth consecutive championship by
Notably absent again this year is chief rival Takeru Kobayashi, who held the world record for
nearly six years. He was arrested last year for storming the stage --- after being banned for refusing to sign an exclusive contract
with Major League Eating, the competitive eating equivalent of the NFL.