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Las Vegas woman knocks off champ in Nathan’s hot dog eating contest

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio watches hot dog-eating contestants Sonya Thomas, left, and Miki Sudo of Las Vegas during a news conference Thursday, July 3, 2014, at City Hall in New York to promote Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest.

Updated Friday, July 4, 2014 | 10:41 a.m.

NEW YORK — The Black Widow has been outeaten.

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

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.

In the men's division, the reigning champ gets to hold onto his mustard yellow belt.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., packed away 61 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes on Friday at the Coney Island contest. He won last year with 69.

Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, was hoping for an upset. But he downed just 56.

Chestnut got an extra prize today. He proposed to his girlfriend, a fellow competitive eater, before the contest. She said yes.

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