London: Four American women will compete against one another in a bid to break the women’s world record of 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at the Coney Island hot dog eating contest.
Sonya ‘The Black Widow’ Thomas, 42, a Burger King manager from Alexandria, Virginia, is hoping to take the title at the first ever women’s eat-off on Monday.
She came fourth in last year’s competition, and is hoping to become the first women to raise female competition’s pink belt trophy and the 10,000 dollars prize money.
Thomas’ main rival for the prize will be Juliet Lee, 45, from Maryland who works as a beautician. She has previously managed to chomp through 28 hot dogs in the contest.
The women said that they have always been big eaters.
“I didn’t have a lot of talents growing up, but I could always eat, and my parents always said I had a big mouth,” the Daily Mail quoted Laura Leu, 33, a food writer from Brooklyn, another contestant, as saying.
Fellow contender LaRelle Marie Mele, 47, a personal trainer from Pennsylvania, added: “To me, this excitement is similar to when women were given the right to vote.”
In the male competition, Hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut estimates he will eat about 20,000 calories in one go at the eating contest.