Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas category

Latest results in database (All results)
2018 Jul 4DQ2610 min Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - women Brooklyn, NY
2017 Sep 36th119 12 minU.S. National Buffalo Wing Eating Championship Buffalo, NY
2017 Sep 210th1.75 4m07sBuffalo Buffet Bowl Buffalo, NY

2014 Acme Oyster contest

update June 13 James Karst and Crazy Legs Conti have contest reports

update June 2 has a gallery of pictures one made the front page of the Times Picayune. Where Y’at Magazine also has a gallery. WGNO has a news video

Official Top 3 | part 2
1) Sonya Thomas 40 doz
2) Adrian Morgan 30 doz
3) Mike Abadie 17 doz
4T) Crazy Legs Conti 15 doz
4T) James Karst 15 doz
Corey Fanguy

update Sonya Thomas reportedly ate 38 dozen oysters

The Red Fish Grill reports that Sonya Thomas has won today’s Acme Oyster Eating Championship.

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Matthew Asner has posted a picture of baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson observing Sonya Thomas in the Golden Palace grilled cheese qualifier in San Diego in 2005. (That competition has id #1 in the contest database )    
The Tailgate Fan blog has a post about Sonya Thomas.
Yahoo! has a video titled "Eating World Superstars!" (MLE top 5 from 2012 & Kobayashi). In the section about Sonya Thomas, a quote from Juliet Lee appears.

Sonya Thomas vs. Miki Sudo head to head results

A listing of head to head results for Sonya Thomas vs. Miki Sudo follows. Miki Sudo has finished ahead of Sonya Thomas in all seven contests they have faced each other. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sonya Thomas top ranked female streak in jeopardy

Sonya Thomas debuted in the IFOCE/MLE rankings in August 2003 at #8 and has been the top ranked woman in that listing since that time. When the Fall 2013 Winter 2013-14 MLE top 50 is released, that streak will probably be ended by Miki Sudo.

In the last rankings without Sonya Thomas from Summer (June?) 2003 Takako Akasaka was the top female at #12 despite not having competed in an IFOCE event since the 2000 Nathan’s finals where she finished 3rd. (Lorraine Arroll appears to be the top female American at #54). The top 15s from the rankings follow after the jump:
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CBS' Tailgate Fan has a blog entry about Sonya Thomas and Miki Sudo.
Former IFOCE/MLE member Kevin Carr has an article for Film School Rejects about eating more than 50 eggs in less than one hour.
The Portadown Times has an article about the speed eating contest held at the Hillsborough (Northern Ireland) Oyster Festival won by Richie Gamble, who claims he defeated Sonya Thomas at the 2012 festival.
Colton's Steakhouse & Grill in Radcliff, KY will hold a boneless wing eating contest on September 22 awarding a spot in the MLE hard boiled egg eating contest on October 5. Sonya Thomas is listed as an expected entrant in that contest.
Sonya Thomas appeared on ABC 7 Chicago to promote today's kimchi eating contest. has an article about Sonya Thomas, who says she hoped to eat 55 hot dogs at the recent Nathan's finals, but switching her beverage to hot water harmed her performance.

2013 Nathan’s finals – women

update July 8

Rake & Herald reports: Report 1 | Report 2

The Dana Point Times has a profile of Mary Bowers

Missouri Net thinks Juliet Lee won the contest and should have received the same amount ($10,000) as Joey Chestnut.

Official Results Part 1 | Part 2
1) Sonya Thomas 36.75, 3rd women’s division victory in a row, 11 straight finals where she was top female
2) Juliet Lee 36
3) Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco 27.5, originally 30
4) Meredith Boxberger 26, spelled “Boxburger” by ESPN
5) Larell Marie Mele 21
6) Neslie Ricasa 14
7) Mary Bowers 10
8T) Laura Riehman 6.5
8T) Prudence Di Benedetto 6.5

update A picture of the field (without Juliet Lee) I do not recognize the two women on the right

According to the official contest roster, five female qualifier winners are not competing in Coney Island today: Miki Sudo, Molly Schuyler, Dee Martin, Christina Ginn and Terri Reeves.

The Rake & Herald has an interview with Miki Sudo, the top female performer on the 2013 qualifier circuit (40 hot dogs) conducted before she withdrew from the finals. In another Rake & Herald article, Rich Shea declined to provide any new information about the withdrawal (but he does say that Miki Sudo will compete in the Hooters wing finals later this month)

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ESPNW has an article about Sonya Thomas' attempt to threepeat the women's division of the Nathan's finals. Miki Sudo's potential as a rival is cited, noting her 40 hot dog qualifier performance (her withdrawal from tomorrow's contest is not mentioned).
Today is the 10 year anniversary of Sonya Thomas' debut at the Molly Pitcher Travel Plaza Nathan's qualifier in Cranbury, NJ on June 27, 2003. For the first 118 months of that decade, she was undefeated against other women.

Sonya Thomas wins 2013 Acme Oyster contest

update June 4 Nola Defender (claiming Miki Sudo was supposed to compete) Rake & Herald and have contest reports. Jason Smith of the Hornets/Pelicans and Thomas Morestead of the Saints served as judges.

WWL has an article and video


1) Sonya Thomas 24 dozen in 8 minutes
2) Aaron Osthoff 21
3) Adrian Morgan 18
4) Corey Fanguy 11
5) Crazy Legs Conti 10
6) Ryan Shams 5 (via email)
7T) Mia Davekos 3
7T) local 3

After not finishing behind another woman in the first 118 months of her competitive eating career, Sonya Thomas now has a 2 contest streak where she was not the top female.

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Joey edges Miki to win Three Rivers Festival pepperoni roll contest

update May 30 WV Metronews has a gallery and WDTV has an article and video

update WBOY has an article and video

The top 6 (part 1 | part 2)
1) Joey Chestnut 28
2) Miki Sudo 27.5
3) Sonya Thomas 24
4) Bob Shoudt 22.5
5) Tim Janus 22
6) Juliet Lee 19.5

Video will be livestreamed at I think the last time Juliet Lee lost to a woman besides Sonya Thomas was to Elizabeth Canady in a 2007 Krystal qualifier.

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George Shea announces that Sonya Thomas and Miki Sudo (billed as the world's top 2 female eaters) will compete in the West Virginia Three Rivers Festival Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship in Fairmont, WV on May 25.

Breakdown of Sonya Thomas’ winning streak vs. women

Before Saturday’s Indian taco eating contest at Foodabluza, Sonya Thomas was 94-0 against other females over a period of almost a decade. Records of 30-0 vs. Juliet Lee, 11-0 vs. Carlene LeFevre and 9-0 vs. Larell Marie account for over half of those victories A breakdown of Sonya Thomas’ records against all women she has competed against follows after the jump. (According to the eatfeats database, Sonya faced other women in 59 of her 171 contests.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Eater X wins Foodabluza taco contest, “Cardboard Shell” defeats Sonya

update May 1 Atmore Advance has a contest report (via Rhonda Evans)

update April 29 has a gallery and video

update April 28 Atmore Advance has a short article

Results | Part 2
1) Tim “Eater X” Janus 20.5 1/2 lb. tacos in 8 minutes
2) Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco 16.5
3) Sonya Thomas 15 (first finish behind another woman in MLE career)
4) Nate Biller 14.5
5) Eric “Badlands” Booker 13
6) Erik “The Red” Denmark 11.5
7) Matthew Raible 11
8) Crazy Legs Conti 8.5
8) Don Potts 8.5
10) Damien Boykin 8

Tim Janus won the Creek Indian taco eating contest at Foodabluza with a total of 20.5 half pound tacos.

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Foodabluza Oyster Eating Contest

update April 27 has an article and video

Results Par 1 | Part 2
1) Sonya Thomas 445 oysters in 5 minutes
2) Tim Janus 332
3) Adrian Morgan 318
4) Erik Denmark 266
5) Crazy Legs Conti 260
6) Nate Biller 253
7) Michelle Lesco 252
8) Badlands Booker 192
9) Damien Boykin 80
10 Matt Raible 59

update Sonya Thomas has been announced as the winner.

A gallery of the contest oysters being shucked is available.

Wintzell’s Oyster House is sponsoring the contest. Presumably reversals in tonight’s contest will result in a disqualification unlike in Wintzells house record.

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The new poll asks when you think Sonya Thomas' streak of having finished ahead of all other female competitive eaters she has faced in a contest will end. The 10 year anniversary of the start of the streak will take place on June 27.

Sonya Thomas four-peats French Quarter Festival Crawfish contest

update April 15 Crazy Legs Conti placed 5th. Fourth place has yet to be officially announced, but was probably Corey Fanguy

Rake & Herald has a weekend contest report Bayou 95.7 has a podcast of an interview with Corey Fanguy and WDSU has a video of the media contest

Pro Results
1) Sonya Thomas 2.2 lb meat
2) Adrian Morgan 2 lb meat
3) Nate Biller 1.9
4) ??
5) Crazy Legs Conti ?

Media contest results
1) Joshua Clark .9 lb in 5 minutes
2) Fletcher Mackel .85
3) James Karst .7

Houma Today has an article about Corey Fanguy

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Sonya Thomas and Adrian Morgan are expected to compete in tomorrow's crawfish eating contest at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.
Katherine Michelle announces Sonya Thomas won the Hooters qualifier in Augusta, GA by 40 wings and an unnamed competitior was DQed for reversing. The top 6: 1) Sonya Thomas 140 2) Badlands Booker 104 3) Damien Boykin 88 4) Bryan "Big Sexy" Beard (retired after contest) 76 5) Jason Cook 72 6) Don Potts 70
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