Pennsylvania Wing Bowl champ retains title
Joey Chestnut, professional competitive eater,
devoured a record 182 chicken wings to win his second consecutive Wing
This annual event that draws thousands of revelers to the Philadelphia's
sports complex in the pre-dawn hours. Chestnut, surrounded by "Wingettes," had a
crown adorned with tiny rubber chickens placed atop his head as his winning
total was announced. He also won a 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara for out-eating his
competitors â€” including a pair of pros who also advanced to the finals.
"I love to eat," said Chestnut, 23, of San Jose, CA (US). "Today I was
swallowing wings, swallowing bones, whatever it took."
Founded in 1993, by sports talk station WIP-AM
and broadcast live during the station's
morning show, Wing Bowl
has grown into a massive event. This year's event
pitted 15 locals against five professionals. The top local finisher was
"Gentleman Jerry" Coughlan, who finished fourth with 167 wings. He also came
away with a new car.
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