Lance Armstrong fails in Beer Mile attempt

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Well there really is a first for everything. Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong took a substance that actually harmed his athletic performance.

Attempting to qualify for the Beer Mile World Championships, the American emphatically failed.

The race consists of competitors downing a beer every 400 metres for a mile, but Armstrong quit after the first lap and claimed the event was “tougher than I expected.”

Armstrong has a life ban from cycling after being found to have taken performance-enhancing drugs during his time at the pinnacle of the sport. He has previously completed the New York marathon twice but the inclusion of beer proved to be a substance too far.

So the seven-time Tour De France winner (all of which were subsequently stripped from him) might need to move onto another sport if the Beer Mile wasn’t quite to his taste.

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Not often does an athletic event combine speed and alcohol consumption but The Beer Mile has hugely developed since starting out as a common college pastime.

The Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships take place in Austin, Texas next month and the current world record for the mile is 4:57, set earlier this year by James Nielsen.

You can watch the video of Lance Armstrong's failure over at Sports Illustrated.

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