Canadian beer mile specialist Lewis Kent makes appearance on "Ellen"

Lewis Kent, shown in a handout photo, has another victory to add to his running resume — winner of "Ellen's Beer Mile Race."The 21-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., who has rocketed to fame since he broke the beer mile world record last month, was a guest on Tuesday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
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Lewis Kent has another victory to add to his running resume — winner of "Ellen's Beer Mile Race."

The 21-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., who has rocketed to fame since he broke the beer mile world record last month, was a guest on Tuesday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Kent raced Ellen staff member Andy Zenor in a beer race outside the Burbank, Calif., studio. The Canadian handily won the race that finished on stage, and received a gaudy trophy topped with a beer mug from DeGeneres, plus a year's supply of his favourite beer.

"Lewis Kent is the world champion in a sport that combines drinking and running ... or as I call it, a typical Tuesday night," DeGeneres said in her introduction.

In a beer mile race, runners chug a beer then run a lap. The process is repeated for each of the four laps of a mile.

"And when do you throw up?" DeGeneres asked Kent.

"Hopefully you don't throw up. But if you do throw up, there's a penalty — you have to run another lap." Kent replied, prompting laughter from the audience.

Kent ran four minutes 51.9 seconds last month to lower the previous mark of 4:54.38 set by Winnipeg's Corey Gallagher in October. Kent then announced he'd gone pro, signing a shoe deal with Brooks.

His achievement caught the media's attention. Kent conducted interviews with everyone from Sports Illustrated and ESPN to celebrity news agency TMZ.


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