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Edges out Joey Chestnut in the final moments to win the $8,000 first prize

NEW YORK - Sonya Thomas of Virginia mounted a dramatic, come from behind charge, swallowing three grilled cheese sandwiches in the final moments to edge Joey Chestnut of California on Wednesday to win the World Grilled Cheese-Eating Championship. Thomas final tally was 26 sandwiches in 10 minutes, nudging Chestnut who finished with 25 and a half. Rookie Patrick Bertoletti of Illinois came in third with 24 sandwiches. Bertoletti had the lead throughout much of the competition before slowing as Thomas and Chestnut raced to the wire.

Thomas, who has been dominate in recent events faced a formidable competitor in Chestnut who still owns the world record, devouring 32 1/2 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes in Arizona last year. The anticipated showdown played out as expected.

?He is very good with the bread which is difficult to swallow. I really had to psyche myself into a big finish and I just swallowed and thought about how upset I would be if I lost,? said Thomas.

Thomas holds numerous world records including 46 dozen Louisiana oysters in 10 minutes, 11 lbs. of cheesecake in nine minutes, 48 chicken tacos in 11 minutes, 37 Nathan?s Famous hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes, and 56 Krystal hamburgers in eight minutes., the #1 Internet Casino and Poker Room, provides the ultimate online gaming experience. Extraordinary items like the World Famous Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pope's Hat Doritos Chip, and Holy Pierogi aren't the only delights on the menu. also serves over 60 casino games, the top online poker room, and huge bonus offers to whet your appetite. Place your order today!

The International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, conducts more than 80 events annually, including the Nathan?s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. The competitive eating community, which numbers more than 4,000 veteran and rookie athletes, travels the nation in search of top titles and the glory that they provide.

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On February 02nd, 2006 at 7:02 PM GoldenChestGirl said:

WOW Sonya hun, you have a big stomach for such a little lady. You are the one that also won the Turkey eating contest!...You go girl! That is awesome how you can out eat the Big Guys and still stay as small as you are! :)
On February 03rd, 2006 at 12:02 PM Notorius G.U.T. said:

I can't beleive how gross it is to watch this stuff. Makes me never want to eat another grilled cheese again!... at least not until tomorrow! :)

WTG Black Widow!! U ROOL !!

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