California man downs 173 chicken wings to set record

Sunday, February 5, 2006

PHILADELPHIA -- A 22-year-old man ate 173 chicken wings in 30 minutes, setting a record at the annual Wing Bowl.

Joey Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., bested a field of 27 eaters Friday to take the title and top prize, a 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara.

The 14th annual Wing Bowl was open only to competitors who had never before participated in the event. That meant 100-pound Sonya Thomas, who set the previous record of 167 wings in 2004, was excluded.

Thomas, who is known as the "Black Widow" on the competitive circuit, won the World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship earlier last week. Chestnut, a project engineer for a construction company, took second place.

He qualified for the Wing Bowl by downing a gallon of milk in 41 seconds.

The event was sponsored by sports-talk station WIP-AM.

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