US woman Sonya Thomas eats 183 chicken wings in Buffalo Wings Festival

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, New York.

Sonya Thomas took home first place Sunday (Monday, NZ time) 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 4th hot dog eating contest on Coney Island.

The 45 kilogram Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia, is the reigning wing-eating champion. She downed 181 wings to win the 2010 contest. Chestnut of San Jose, California, settled for second with 169 wings.

The winner gets US$1500 (NZ$1802). The runner-up wins US$750, and third place gets US$300.

Celebration time: Sonya Thomas stands as champion again after her mammoth 183 chicken wing-eating display

Thomas is called the Black Widow becomes she often beats male competitors in eating contests.

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