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9 Winners of Extreme Eating Contests

Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas

At a mere 105 pounds, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, from Alexandria, Virginia, is the reigning lobster-eating champion, downing 44 Maine lobsters totaling 11.3 pounds of meat in 12 minutes in August 2005, at the second annual World Lobster-Eating Championship in Kennebunkport, Maine. Thomas broke her own lobster record at the event and won $500 and the right to wear "The Claw," the championship belt that goes with the title. Thomas has held more than 40 world titles for competitive eating. She got the nickname "The Black Widow" for outeating male competitors many times her weight.