Taking the Heat to Take the Prize

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 62-year-old retired accountant from Nevada swallowed 247 peppers in eight minutes to win the Jalapeno Eating World Championship at the State Fair of Texas.

Richard LeFevre won two-thousand dollars for prevailing in Sunday's contest, which was sponsored by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

LeFevre says his winning strategy was to mix three or four peppers in his mouth with a swig of milk before swallowing.

LeFevre was one of four professional eaters who took the top four places in the competition.

Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas -- the federation's third-ranked eater in the world -- says she'd never eaten a jalapeno before the contest. She downed 239 peppers to take second place and one-thousand dollars in prize money.


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