The Beer Mile World Classic took place Saturday in Manchester, England, and Canada’s Corey Bellemore took home his third world title in a new world-record time of 4:28.1, making him the first person to ever complete the grueling event in under 4:30.
The world beer mile record (beer, 1/4 mile, beer, 1/4 mile, beer, 1/4 mile, beer, 1/4 mile) was broken today in Manchester, England by @CoreyBellemore with a time of four minutes and 28 seconds.
To review…One mile and four beers in 4:28!
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 23, 2021
Bellemore, an Adidas-sponsored athlete who formerly ran for the University of Windsor, is not a newcomer to the beer mile. He began competing in the event in 2016, when he ran 4:39 to shatter the previous world record of 4:47.17, set by Canada’s Lewis Kent. Less than 2 days later, he competed at the Beer Mile World Classic in London, England, where he lowered the record yet again to 4:34.35. One year later, he beat his own record for the second time, running 4:33.6 in San Francisco in 2017.
No one has been able to touch Bellemore’s records since, and it took the king himself to step back on the track to finally do it. American record-holder, Chris Robertson, held on for second place in 4:40.8, and Jonas Andersson of Sweden dipped at the line to edge out the U.K.’s John Tayleur for third in 5:00.0. Had Andersson managed to cross the line just a hair faster, he would have been the 11th person in history to run under five minutes in the beer mile.
The women’s race
Allison Grace Morgan of the United States won her third consecutive title in the women’s race on Saturday, running 6:32.2 but falling short of her own world record of 6:16.5. Runner-up Polly Keen set a new European record and personal best of 6:45.6, and Kassandra Marin of the U.S. finished third with a big personal best of 7:10. Although this was not Morgan fastest performance, she has now won her last three titles by more than 10 seconds, solidifying her as one of the most dominant beer milers on the circuit.
The U.S. men’s and women’s teams both won their 5th-straight titles this year. Second and third place on the women’s side went to England and Norway, and on the men’s side, England and Sweden rounded out the podium. Despite Bellemore’s dominant performance, Team Canada finished just off the podium in fourth place.