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Last Updated: Thursday February 02 2006 17:57 GMT

Woman sets cheese sandwich record

Sonya Thomas
A small woman dubbed the Black Widow has chomped her way into the eating record books after scoffing 26 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes.

Sonya Thomas won $8,000 (4,500) in the contest in Times Square, New York, but reckons she could have done better, as she was aiming for 30 sandwiches.

She made the sandwiches easier to swallow by soaking them in water.

Sonya, who weighs 45kg, is called the Black Widow as she regularly out-eats men who are much bigger than she is.


This win wasn't so easy, as her closest competitor, Joey Chestnut, ate 25 and a half sandwiches in 10 minutes.

Sonya holds lots of other eating records, including 552 oysters in 10 minutes, 5kg of cheesecake in nine minutes, 48 chicken tacos in 11 minutes, 37 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes and 56 hamburgers in eight minutes.

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