New chicken wing eating champion crowned

How many could you eat?

17,000 spectators jammed into a Philadelphia arena on Friday for the annual chicken wing eating competition.

The eating champion from Japan Takeru Kobayashi, who weighs just 127 pound defeated all of the other opponents in the 20th annual Wing Bowl. He ate his way to a $20,000 prize after devouring a record-breaking 337 chicken wings in just 30 minutes.

He smashed the previous record of 255 wings set by Jonathan "Super Squibb" Squibb, who won the competition the previous three years, and defeated local favorite Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, a five-time champion.

One competitor trying to win the $20,000 was doing it on his birthday. Gary Gladwell, 53, of Bucks County in Pennsylvania, said that it was something that he just had to try.

"This is my first time here. I can take it off my bucket list now," he said, adding "It's definitely an experience.â??

Competitors do stunts to impress the judges but the main event is the chicken wing eating contest, which is conducted in two 14-minute elimination rounds and a two-minute "Wing Off.".

Christian Collazo, 33, of Philadelphia, said he showed up just for the experience.

"Last year I went to Mardi Gras. This is another thing to take off my list," he said. For more information on this story go to.

How many wings could you eat in 30 minutes?