Records were shattered at the FloTrack Beer Mile World Championship on Tuesday in front of a rowdy crowd in Austin, Texas. Erin O’Mara set a new women’s beer mile world record by drinking four beers and running four laps in a time of 6:08.51. On the men’s side, Lewis Kent lowered his own world record, finishing in 4:47.17.
Kent’s previous world mark was 4:51.90, which he set just two weeks ago.
“I knew I was in good enough shape to break my record from a couple weeks ago” said Kent, who is sponsored by Brooks. “I wanted to capitalize on the adrenaline from the crowd to help push me further.”
Kent was also pushed by Corey Gallagher, the 2014 champion. Gallagher made a strong kick at the end but came up short, finishing second in 4:48.51.
O’Mara, meanwhile, broke Beth Herndon’s women’s world record by 8 seconds. She was a late entry after winning the Michigan Beer Mile two weeks ago.
“After I set my personal best in Michigan I knew I had to come and test my skills against the world’s best in Austin,” O’Mara said. “The competition at this event is unlike anything I have ever experienced and it helped push me to the new world record”.
Both runners received a $5,000 bonus for breaking the world record. Video of the races can be seen at FloTrack.
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