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'Black Widow' set to take on women in contest

Updated: July 3, 2011, 3:46 PM ET
By Lynn Hoppes

Sonya Thomas, who has been competing the past few years with the men in Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating contest, is the hands-down favorite in the new women's category this year on July 4.

"The other women don't stand a chance," said four-time men's champion Joey Chestnut, who is back in Coney Island to defend his title. "You know when she competed against us, a lot of the men were scared because she is better than most men."

The 43-year-old Thomas, nicknamed "the ...

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