Encyclopedia > Roger Bannister

  Article Content

Roger Bannister

Roger Bannister (born March 23, 1929) is an English athlete best known as the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes. He was born in Harrow, Middlesex, England.

Called the "Miracle Mile, a four-minute-mile was thought to be an impossible achievement and even a medical improbability.

This historic event took place on May 6, 1954 during a meet between British AAA and Oxford University. With winds up to 25 miles per hour, the event was almost canceled. However, the persistent Bannister prevailed and was rewarded with the honor of running the "miracle mile". His time was 3:59.4. The race was paced by Chris Brasher and Chris Chataway.

Bannister wore the number 41 on his jersey that day.



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Pol Pot

... government controlled only the cities. It has been argued that the Khmer Rouge may not have come to power without the destabilization of the Vietnam War, particularly ...