<UPDATE: Harris’ record lasted less than a day as Canadian Lewis Kent set a new mark later on Aug. 7.)
On Friday, Australian Josh Harris clocked a 4:56.25 beer mile, breaking the existing world record set last year by James Nielsen. Harris’ splits were 70, 2:27 and 3:45, sandwiched between the chugging of four 12-ounce beers. He closed his final quarter-mile in 71 seconds to break the record. Acceptance of Harris’ mark is pending verification by beermile.com.
“New world record baby,” Harris said upon crossing the finish line. “World Beer Mile Classic (which takes place on August 22 in San Francisco) here we come.”