US Olympian fails 'beer mile' record attempt

US Olympian fails 'beer mile' record attempt
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US Olympic runner Nick Symmonds falls six seconds short of the world record for the "beer mile".

US Olympic runner Nick Symmonds has failed in his attempt to break the world record for the "beer mile".

The event requires competitors to down a can of beer at the start of the race, then another at each of the 1/4-mile, 1/2-mile and 3/4-mile marks.

The 28-year-old, who finished fifth in the men's 800m at the Games, completed his beer mile in 5:15 on Tuesday, six seconds short of the world record.

The record was set by Canadian marathon runner Jim Finlayson in 2007, who managed a time of 5:09 while drinking Granville Island Winter Ale.

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