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.
2010-09-05: Buffalo Wing-Eating Championship Results (12 minutes):
Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas: 4.86 lbs.
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut: 4.61 lbs. (updated from http://www.twitlonger.com/show/3geds7)
Bryan "Big Sexy" Beard: 2.89 lbs.
Eric "Badlands" Booker: 2.84 lbs.
Joey has lots of fans in Buffalo, and he received many, many cheers, and rightfully so. I had to set a new Buffalo Wing-eating record to get by Joey. I'm savoring this victory, because finishing ahead of Joey in any food may never happen again. Before today it had been well over 2 years since I earned a victory over him.
Special thanks go out to the best MC on the planet, Mr. George Shea; Wing King Drew Cerza, who would probably be Mayor of Buffalo if he ran for office; rapper, eater, and humanitarian extraordinaire, The Great Eric "Badlands" Booker; and the absolutely wonderful people of Buffalo, with whom I'm so proud to be associated. They welcome me with open arms each year, and I love them.