Pennsylvania Wing Bowl champ retains title

14-02-2007 | | |

Joey Chestnut, professional competitive eater, devoured a record 182 chicken wings to win his second consecutive Wing Bowl.

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 — 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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