Virginia Woman Eats Her Way to Victory

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Black Widow of eating contests has gobbled up nearly 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes, devouring the national championship record in Buffalo, N.Y.

The National Buffalo Wing Festival says the wings originated in the city.

Sonya Thomas ate 4.86 pounds of chicken wings to win the festival's contest Sunday, besting world eating marvel Joey Chestnut. Thomas calls herself the Black Widow because she often beats male competitors in eating contests. The previous record was her 174 wings in 2005.

Chestnut came in second after eating 169 chicken wings. That's 4.55 pounds.

Thomas says she's "so happy" because Chestnut had been favored to win. She says her technique of using her hands more than her mouth helped her.

The 43-year-old from Alexandria, Va., says she was still hungry after the contest - so she ate 20 hot wings.


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