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NEW YORK (AP) - This year's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest on Coney Island has a new women-only pigout.

Sonya Thomas and eight other women will compete Monday before the men's stomach-churning Nathan's Famous hot dog feast.

Thomas has set a women's world record by stuffing 41 wieners into her 105-pound frame -- in 10 minutes.

The man to beat eating dogs is world champion Joey Chestnut. Last year, he ate his way to a fourth consecutive championship by downing 54.

Notably absent again this year is chief rival Takeru Kobayashi, who held the world record for nearly six years. He was arrested last year for storming the stage -- after being ruled ineligible for refusing to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating, the fast-food equivalent of the NFL.

Watch: Joey Chesnut & Sonya Thomas faceoff at the TooJay's World Class Corned Beef Eating Competition at Downtown at the Gardens.

Results of Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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