'Black Widow' Wins Hot Dog Eating Contest With 45

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Sonya Thomas 'The Black Widow' competes in the second annual King Cake Eating Contest at The House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) - The Black Widow of competitive eating wins again.

Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., beat her own record by gobbling down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Coney Island contest.

The petite Thomas, who goes by "Black Widow," wins $10,000. The previous record was 41 dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

Juliet Lee, of Germantown, Md., took second place with 33 and claims $5,000. Lee also won second last year.

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

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., captured his sixth straight title in the men's competition. He gobbled down 68 hot dogs and buns, beating his own record of 62 in last year's competition. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion's belt.

To see PHOTOS from Z-Burger of Tenleytown's annual Independence Burger Eating Competition on Tuesday. 

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