U.S. woman eats 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes

A 100-pound Virginia woman has set a world record after gobbling up 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes to take home first place at the National Buffalo Wings Festival in Buffalo, N.Y.
Sonya Thomas of Virginia eats chicken wings Sunday at the 10th annual National Buffalo Wings Festival in Buffalo, N.Y. She ate 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes to break her own world record. (Doug Benz/Reuters)

The Black Widow of eating contests has scarfed down 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes to break her own world record set last year in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sonya Thomas took home first place Sunday at the 10th annual National Buffalo Wings Festival.

She beat eating marvel Joey (Jaws) Chestnut, who came in second with 174 wings.

The two won titles at the July Fourth hot dog eating contest on Coney Island.

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The 100-pound Thomas of Alexandria, Va.,  is the reigning wing-eating champion.

She downed 181 wings to win the 2010 contest. Chestnut of San Jose, Ca., settled for second with 169 wings.

The winner gets $1,500 U.S.

The runner-up wins $750, and third place gets $300.

Thomas is nicknamed the Black Widow because she often beats male competitors in eating contests.