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Chestnut eats 7.62 pounds of chicken wings

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, the world's No. 1 ranked competitive eater, downed 7.61 pounds of wings at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, N.Y.

Va. woman eats 183 wings in 12 minutes

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A 105-pound Virginia woman won her fifth consecutive National Buffalo Wing Eating Contest, out-eating competitors, including top-ranked Joey Chestnut.

Woman wins crayfish eating crown

NEW ORLEANS, April 10 (UPI) -- A 100-pound Korean native who lives in Washington won a crayfish eating competition in New Orleans, organizers of the event said.

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'Black Widow' tops wing-eating field

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Sonya Thomas, a voracious eater known as "The Black Widow," ate a record 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes Sunday in Buffalo, N.Y., organizers ruled.
Va. contest winner eats 36 hot dogs

Va. contest winner eats 36 hot dogs

NORFOLK, Va., June 7 (UPI) -- A 41-year-old Alexandria, Va., woman has become a three-time Virginia Hot Dog Eating Champion, contest officials say.

Small woman wins big eating contest

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- One of the smallest contestants won this year’s United States Chicken Wing Eating Championship, feasting on more than 170 wings in 12 minutes.

Top waffle eater breaks his own record

ATLANTA, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A California man ate 23 waffles in 10 minutes to break his own world record at the 2006 Waffle House World Waffle-Eating Championships in Georgia.

Small woman sets cheese sandwich record

NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A 100-pound Virginia woman who manages a Burger King restaurant now holds the World Grilled Cheese Eating title after downing 26 sandwiches in 10 minutes.

Pa. student has appetite for competition

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A student at Pennsylvania's Slippery Rock University, after only a few weeks of competitive eating, has shown he can chow down with the best.

NY man wins chicken wing eating contest

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A 420-pound professional competitive eater won the fourth annual National Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo, N.Y., by eating 137 wings in 12 minutes.

'Virgin Mary' grilled cheese at eat-off

VENICE BEACH, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Gurgitators are to descend on Venice Beach, Calif., Saturday for a grilled cheese sandwich eating contest honoring the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sold on eBay.

Kobayashi wins hot dog eating contest, again

CONEY ISLAND, N.Y., July 4 (UPI) -- Takeru Kobayashi of Japan won Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, N.Y., Sunday.

Hot dog noshers heading out nationwide

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) -- The competitive eating season kicked off Saturday with the first hot dog eating contest, in Los Angeles, to decide who would attend the July 4 championships.
Sonya Thomas
Japanese champion Takeru Kobayashi raises his hands in victory next to Sonya Thomas after he retained his title sunday in Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York, downing a new record 53 hot dogs in 12 minutes at Coney Island, NY on July 4, 2004. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) .

Sonya Thomas (née Lee Sun-kyung, Hangul: 이선경 ; born July 26, 1967), also known by her nickname The Black Widow, is a top-ranked Korean-born American competitive eater from Alexandria, Virginia. Thomas joined the International Federation of Competitive Eating in 2003 and quickly rose to the top of the ranks, beating competitive eaters such as Ed "Cookie" Jarvis and Eric Booker. At the 2009 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, the emcee called her the "leader of the Four Horsemen of the Esophagus" during her introduction.

The 98-pound Thomas is the number five competitive eater in the United States, and ranked sixth in the world, with 29 world titles. Her nickname "The Black Widow" refers to her ability to regularly defeat men four to five times her size. While the size of her stomach is only slightly larger than normal, her skinny build is perhaps her biggest advantage, allowing her stomach to expand more readily since it is not surrounded by the ring of fat common in other heavy eaters. She holds records in over 25 eating competitions, and in December 2008, she defeated top-ranked eater Takeru Kobayashi in a fruit-cake eating contest.

On July 4, 2005 she ate 37 hot dogs in 12 minutes at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, setting a then-record for American competitors (which was also the female record). On August 8, 2005, she consumed 35 bratwursts in 10 minutes, beating the previous 10-minute record of 19.5 bratwursts, although her record was beaten in 2006 by Takeru Kobayashi.

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