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Roger Bannister

Updated on September 7, 2014

Sir Roger Bannister

Roger Bannister will always hold a milestone piece of track history. On May 6, 1954, Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile in recorded history. The 25-year-old native of Harrow on the Hill, England, finished the distance in 3:59.4 at a meet between British AAA and Oxford University at Iffley Road Track in Oxford. Later that year, Bannister retired from running to pursue his medical studies, later becoming a prominent neurologist.

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May 6, 1954: Roger Bannister hits the tape, running the first ever sub-four-minute mile.

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Roger Bannister Quote

"I leapt at the tape like a man taking his last spring to save himself from the chasm that threatens to engulf him." - Roger Bannister

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Bannister Biography

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE (born March 23, 1929) is an English former athlete best known as the first man to run the mile in less than 4 minutes. Bannister became a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 2001. He was born in Harrow, London.

Bannister was educated at the City of Bath Boys' Grammar School, Beechen Cliff School, University College School, London, Exeter College and Merton College, Oxford, and at St Mary's Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial College London)....(read more on Wikipedia)

Bannister's Famous 3:59.4 Mlie - Oxford, England-May 6, 1954

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Commemorative Coin

This 2004 fifty pence British commemorative coin celebrates the 50th anniversary of Bannister's sub-four-minute mile.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Roger Bannister's sub 4 minute mile was a great feat that inspired future generations of distance runners. It was'nt until 1967 that I knew about the significance of Roger Bannister historic track record as a member of my High School track team.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I have so much respect and awe for Sir Roger Bannister... I very much enjoyed these YouTube videos! I hope he gets to light the torch today in London...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Where can I purchase the color photo of Roger Bannister (Photo courtesy Wordpress)

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      soniyashrma40 7 years ago

      coool lens thanks :)