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Roger Bannister

Roger Bannister

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE is an English former athlete, physician and academic, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile. In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres, but did not win the medal he expected. The humiliation strengthened his resolve to be the first 4-minute miler. He achieved it on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. When the announcer declared "The time was three...", the cheers of the crowd drowned-out the details of the result, which was 3 min 59.4 sec. Bannister's record lasted 46 days. More notable was that he had reached this record with so littl ... more on Wikipedia

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