BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -
When it comes to wolfing wings, Sonya Thomas is a wiz.
The 105-pound competitive eater who goes by "The Black Widow" bested a dozen beefy rivals Saturday night, scarfing 173 wings in 12 minutes to win the wing-eating contest at the National Buffalo Wing Festival. "That's 5.17 pounds of wings," said Brian Kahle, spokesman for the annual Labour Day weekend event in the city where Buffalo wings were born. Thomas, 40, of Alexandria, Va., also held the festival's previous record of 161 wings in 12 minutes, set in 2004. "She's the crowd favourite," Kahle said. "It was 12 huge guys and her."
Sonya Thomas cleans up after eating 5.17 pounds of chicken wings in 12 minutes during the 2007 National Buffalo Wing Festival eating contest held in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
Thomas has set numerous records in competitive eating events, including 37 hot dogs in 12 minutes; 35 bratwursts in 10 minutes; 11 pounds of cheesecake in 9 minutes; 44 lobsters in 12 minutes; and 250 Tater Tots in five minutes. She is ranked No. 5 by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. According to the federation's website, No. 1-ranked Joey Chestnut holds the 12-minute record for chicken wings, downing 7.5 pounds of them May 21.
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