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Speed Eater Breaks Record

Sonya Thomas may only weigh 7.5st - but the competitive eater still munched her way past dozens of beefy rivals at the National Buffalo Wing Festival.
She managed to scoff 173 wings in 12 minutes to win the wing-eating contest in Buffalo, New York.

"That's 2.35kgs of wings," said Brian Kahle, spokesman for the annual event in the city where Buffalo wings were born.

Ms Thomas, 40, who is originally from South Korea and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia, also held the festival's previous record of 161 wings in 12 minutes, set in 2004.
"She's the crowd favorite," Mr Kahle said. "It was 12 huge guys and her."

Ms 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 nine minutes and 44 lobsters in 12 minutes.

She is ranked number five by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

According to the federation's website, number-one ranking Joey Chestnut holds the 12-minute record for chicken wings, downing 3.4kgs of them on May 21.


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