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Woman Wins Crawfish Eating Contest

New Orleans Crawfish Eating Contest
Courtesy The Times Picayune

NEW ORLEANS, April 10  — Sonya Thomas, a  Korean native livng in Washington, has won the crawfish eating competition at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, organizers of the event said.

Sonya Thomas
Courtesy CNN.Com

Weighing in at a mere 100 pounds, it wasn’t easy for Sonya Thomas to win her Crawfish Eating Championship Title, as Baton Rouge native Adrian Morgan forced her into an eat-off at the Rouses World Championship Crawfish Eating Contest  Saturday, according to The Times-Picayune.

Thomas and Morgan each slammed down 3 -1/4 pounds of crawfish in 10 minutes, but Thomas beat him in a tiebreaker.

“I’m the seafood champion,” Thomas said after the contest.

Her seafood appetite is ravenous. Thomas has set records of eating 44 lobsters in 12 minutes, 26 dozen raw clams in 6 minutes, 46 dozen oysters in 10 minutes and 46 crab cakes in 10 minutes.

 Fellow competitor Crazy Legs Conti, who consumed 2 1/4 pounds of mud bugs had nothing but praise for Sonya Thomas.

New Orleans WDSU-TV reporter Travers Mackel won the media round with 3 1/2 pounds eaten, but he was not eligible for the professional-class prizes. Read more here.

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