The 97th Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
is on ESPN at 3 PM, repeats on ESPN-2 at 4 PM.Sonya Thomas
, of Alexandria, Va
., downed 45 wieners to win the women's competition. She reached her goal of eating 45 in the time limit – her age – and took home her own pink champion's belt and $10,000
Thomas, known as the "Black Widow" of competitive eating, won last year as well, the first time a separate contest was held for women. Juliet Lee, of Germantown, Md
., took second place with 33 and won $5,000
. Lee also won second place last year. Third place went to Michelle Lesco, of Tuscon, Ariz., who received $2,500
for downing 25 1/2.