Sonya Ties American Record at Square Off Launch

Thomas, who held the American record in 2004 with 46 krystals, had no competition at the 2006 circuit opener, easily topping second place finisher, Chris "The Mad Greek" Abatsas, who consumed 32, and third-place finisher Shawn Kessler, who ate 23.

"Sonya was on fire," said IFOCE host George Shea. "She was the only woman competing and there was a moment at the very end of the contest when all the other eaters stopped and simply watched her performance."

Many speculated that Thomas was making a statement by her performance and that she was gunning for Chestnut at the October 28 finals.

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