Va. Woman Takes Home the Gravy

Sonya Thomas gobbles up a win.
Sonya Thomas gobbles up a win. (By Tina Fineberg -- Associated Press)
Associated Press
Friday, November 25, 2005

NEW YORK -- When it comes to competitive eating, don't mess with Virginia's Sonya Thomas.

Weighing 100 pounds, Thomas showed the big boys a thing or two during a pre-Thanksgiving turkey-eating contest here. In 12 minutes, she ate 4 pounds 3.1 ounces of bird, winning the $2,500 first prize.

It's the latest feather in the eating cap of Thomas, who's from the Alexandria section of Fairfax. On July 4 she finished second in the annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest in New York, but she set an American record by gobbling 37 franks in 12 minutes.

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