Roger Bannister

Birthday: 03/23/29 Mile PR: 3:58.8 - 1954
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:42.2 - 1954
High School: City of Bath Boys' School
Hometown: Harrow, England
College: Exeter College, Merton College, Oxford & St. Mary's Hospital Medical School
Current Residence: Oxford, GBR

Roger Bannister of Great Britain etched his name into the history books by becoming the first man to break the "once thought impossible if not fatal", but magical 4 minute barrier in the Mile. On Thursday, May 6, 1954 at Oxford’s Iffley Road track, the 1952 Olympian ran 3:59.4. His world record only lasted 46 days, but its historic and iconic importance resonates today in the sport and beyond.

At the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, Bannister beat the only other man at the time to run sub-4 minutes, John Landy of Australia. This thrillng race has been called The Mile of the Century or Miracle Mile. For the first time in the same Mile race, two men broke 4 minutes with Bannister clocking a PR 3:58.8 followed by the Aussie in 3:59.6.

In his career, Bannister only bested 4 minutes twice, and also in 1954, he won the 1500m gold medal at the European Championships in Bern, Switzerland - this was his last competitive race.

In November 2005, Forbes magazine named his historic clocking the Greatest Athletic Achievement of the past 150 years! The Briton was also the inaugural recipient of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award for 1954. Bannister, who later became a famed neurologist, is now Sir Roger Bannister (knighted in 1975).

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Sir Roger Bannister invested as a Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace

March 02, 2017

The Order recognizes people who have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine or government over a long period of time; just 53 other living people are Order members

By Luke Sproule, Oxford Mail

As he was officially awarded one of the Commonwealth's most prestigious honours ...

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Sir Roger Bannister made Companion of Honor in New Year’s Honors List

December 31, 2016

"I would hope that my colleagues with whom I worked in hospitals for 25 years will appreciate the honor, as well as those who were in the world of running.”

By Luke Sproule, The Oxford Times

Sir Roger Bannister, celebrated neurologist and the first man to run a Mile in less than 4 minutes,...

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Sporting legend Roger Bannister calls for “optimism” ahead of Olympic Games

August 06, 2016

"There will always be failures, wrongdoing and cheating in every human endeavour. Britain should be bursting with pride over our Froomes, Murrays, Ennis-Hills and Mo Farahs. They inspire amateur athletes all over the world."

By Hannah Somerville, Oxford Mail

Sporting legend Roger Bannister...

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Special “Bannister” Screening Set for New Balance Falmouth Road Race Expo

August 05, 2016

Q&A to feature athlete who ran in historic first sub-4 minute Mile race and American record holder Alan Webb

FALMOUTH, Mass. — To mark the return of the elite Mile to Falmouth after a one-year hiatus, “Bannister: Everest on the Track", will be screened at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race’s...

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(Sir) Roger and Me

July 30, 2016

“As I have said, winning Olympic races is more important than the 4 minute Mile. It so happens that the rest of the world thinks otherwise.” - Sir Roger Bannister

By Pat Butcher, GlobeRunner.com

Oh dear! I watched Everest on the Track, the documentary of Roger Bannister and the 4 minute Mile...

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Book details 1954 Empire Games glory and ‘Miracle Mile’

April 20, 2016

We have in the BC Sports Hall of Fame collection one of the 25 Omega stopwatches that was used to time the Miracle Mile and unbelievably it’s still stopped at Roger Bannister’s winning time of 3 minutes, 58.8 seconds!

By Megan Stewart, The Vancouver Courier

The stand-alone image of the 1954...

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Bannister’s Sub-4 Minute Mile Named Greatest Athletic Achievement

November 18, 2005

For Forbes' panel of experts, editors and readers, one feat did emerge as a clear winner: the first sub-4 by Roger Bannister in 1954

By David M. Ewalt with Lacey Rose, Forbes.com

At their best, sports are about more than just winning games and diverting crowds. They test the limits of what...

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Q&A with Tom Ratcliffe, director of Bannister: Everest on the Track

April 13, 2016

Despite all of the acclaim, he’s definitely a humble guy who understands the achievement but doesn’t let himself get too carried away with it.

By Christopher Chavez, Sports Illustrated

When Roger Bannister crossed the finish line at Oxford’s Iffley Road track in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds on...

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Sir Roger Bannister donates diaries to Oxford’s library

March 25, 2016

Mile legend's collection filled more than 50 boxes, includes letters, diaries, speeches, articles, photographs and film from his career over the years.

By Sports Illustrated Wire

Sir Roger Bannister celebrated his 87th birthday by making his diaries public for the first time at Oxford's...

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Sir Roger Bannister inspires the next generation at Reading Year of Culture

January 21, 2016

The British athletics legend shares stories of his sporting feats and his desire for running.

By Francesca Perryman, Get Reading

Budding athletes and fans gathered at the Town Hall in Reading last night to hear Sir Roger Bannister as part of the Year of Culture.

The venue in Blagrave Street...

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Sir Roger Bannister part of Reading’s Year of Culture

January 05, 2016

Mile legend will be looking back at his own personal achievements, including the first sub-4 minute Mile and more.

By Slough & South Bucks Observer

British athletics legend, Sir Roger Bannister, will be the first Reading 2016 ‘An Audience With…’ at Reading Town Hall on Monday, January 18.

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Athletics Weekly’s 70th birthday: Moments in time

December 11, 2015

First sub-4 minute Mile one such memorable moment:
“So the Everest of athletics has been scaled, the sound barrier of running has been penetrated. Roger Gilbert Bannister, 25-year-old medical student, may never find the panacea for all ills the human flesh is heir to, but he has found the...

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Phil Knight: I would have tried to sign Roger Bannister

October 01, 2015

“A lot of people said it was impossible. I was a junior in high school [when Bannister broke the 4 minute barrier] and my history teacher says, ‘The stopwatches were wrong, a human being can’t run that fast.'”

By Nick Zaccardi, NBC Sports

It’s no surprise that Nike co-founder Phil Knight,...

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The day Sir Roger Bannister reclaimed the four-minute Mile

June 08, 2015

46 days after Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute Mile, his world record fell to John Landy. Here the athlete reflects on the day he won back his title

By Roger BannisterThe Telegraph

This photograph captures the moment I overtook the Australian runner John Landy on the final bend at...

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Laced with sporting history: The last tangible link to Bannister’s sub-4 Mile

May 23, 2015

Christie’s to auction the shoes worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he became the first man to run a sub-4 minute Mile, described as the ‘greatest athletic achievement of the 20th century’

From Christie's The Art People

The running shoes worn by Sir Roger Bannister CBE when he became the first...

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Roger Bannister’s shoes from 4 minute Mile set for auction

May 20, 2015

Bannister said part of the proceeds from the shoes auction will go to a charity that encourages neurological research, according to the auction company.

By Nick Zacardi, NBC Olympic Talk

The shoes Sir Roger Bannister wore when he ran the first sub-4 minute Mile will be auctioned September 10...

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Sir Roger record watch sold for £20,000

May 19, 2015

“I’m not surprised that the watch went for so much money as there has been a great interest in it. It is one of the most special watches.”

From Oxford Mail

The stopwatch used to record Sir Roger Bannister’s first sub-4 minute Mile record in Oxford sold for £20,000 ($31,000) yesterday.

The...

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Sir Roger reminisces about breaking Mile record

May 09, 2015

“We would always have a reunion with our wives and meet up on the anniversary. That’s what it used to be. Unfortunately I’m alone now.”

By Oxford Mail

Sir Roger Bannister celebrated the 61st anniversary of the day he broke the 4 minute Mile barrier in Oxford.

He made sporting history on...

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Sir Roger Bannister’s new “record” from Guinness

December 12, 2014

“To be a record breaker I think you have to have determination and you have to be prepared for upsets and reverses which I certainly had in my career. The other factor is luck."

From Oxford Mail

Sub-4 minute Mile hero Sir Roger Bannister has been honored by Guinness World Records to mark 60...

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The 4 minute Mile: How the Daily Express reported it 60 years ago

September 27, 2014

One of the greatest feats ever achieved by a British athlete almost never took place...

By Dominic Midgley, Daily Express

It was the behavior of a Cross of St. George flag flying on the steeple of St. John's Church near the Iffley Road track in Oxford on Thursday, May 6, 1954 that persuaded...

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Bannister vs. Landy 1954 showdown, Coe’s 1984 gold medal defense still resonate

August 10, 2014

"Yes, Landy has a lead of three yards. It's 220 yards to go and I don't believe Bannister is going to be able to catch him..."

By Mike Rowbottom, InsideTheGames.biz

Significant anniversaries of two great foot races fall either side of this weekend - races won by two Britons who, through their...

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How the sports landscape looked when SI printed first issue in 1954

August 09, 2014

But in 1954 all sports stories were overshadowed by what happened on a track in England on May 6.

By Richard Rothschild, Sports Illustrated

Imagine a sports landscape ruled by baseball, where college football is more popular than the National Football League, horse racing and boxing draw...

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Mile Moment of the Month: The Mile of the Century – Bannister vs. Landy 1954

August 07, 2014

HOKA ONE ONE presents the Mile Moment of the Month

By Bring Back the Mile

Sixty years ago, on August 7, at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, the world’s two best Milers, England’s Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-4 minute Mile, and Australia’s...

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‘Race of the century’ between Landy & Bannister still a miracle 60 years later

July 27, 2014

“I was going to run from the front, I was going to break the 4 minute Mile, and I was going to break my world record." - John Landy

By Kym Morgan, The Advertiser

The 1954 British Empire Games Mile race between Australia’s John Landy and England’s Roger Bannister in Vancouver, Canada, was so...

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My favorite photograph: Runner and neurosurgeon Sir Roger Bannister

July 15, 2014

Sir Roger Bannister, 85, amazed the world when he broke the four-minute Mile. But could he stand the pace at his son’s sports day?

By Roz Lewis, The Daily and Sunday Express

"This is a picture of me running in the fathers’ race at my sons’ school sports day in 1965. I hadn’t known about this...

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Lessons from Roger Bannister and the first sub-4 minute Mile

May 13, 2014

To go fast, you must plan ahead

By Michael Overall, Tulsa World

With the starter pistol still echoing through the Oxford stadium, Cambridge runner Chris Brasher jumped to an early lead, but he had no intention of winning the race.

A 25-year-old medical student, Roger Bannister, followed...

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Beating John Landy stands above record: Roger Bannister

May 06, 2014

“Vancouver was the pinnacle of my athletics career. It is very difficult to break records during Olympic competition, but winning races was better than holding world records.”

By AFP for The Australian

Sixty years since becoming the first man to run a Mile in under four minutes, Roger...

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The Four-Minute Man, Forever

May 06, 2014

Franz Stampfl, his coach, implored him to run in a meet between Oxford and the Amateur Athletic Association: “He said to me, ‘Although the conditions are not ideal, if you don’t take this opportunity, you might not forgive yourself for the rest of your life.’ He was right.”

By Jesse Will, The...

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Roger Bannister showed us how to combine sport and everyday living

May 05, 2014

What's astonishing about Bannister's 4 minute Mile in 1954 is that he was an amateur. He even worked on the day of the race

By John Bryant, The Guardian

Things were very different 60 years ago when Roger Bannister became an icon to Britain and the empire by becoming the first to break the 4...

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Bannister Marks 60th Anniversary of 4 Minute Mile

May 04, 2014

"Bannister's 3:59.4 remains part of track and field lore, a symbol of boundary-busting endurance that stands the test of time."

By Stephen Wilson, Associated Press

OXFORD, England (AP) — Sixty years later, Roger Bannister is busy reliving the four minutes that still endure as a transcendent...

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Roger Bannister’s Club Is Getting Less Exclusive

May 02, 2014

Since 2010, 91 American men have run a sub-4:00 Mile.

By Kevin Helliker, Wall Street Journal, The Count

Before hanging up his running spikes last year, Patrick Todd did something that earned him life-long membership in an exclusive club: He ran a sub-4 minute Mile. "It was one of those wild...

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The 4 minute Mile is 60 years old

April 30, 2014

Roger Bannister made an indelible mark on the sport and the world on May 6, 1954

By Pat Murphy, TroyMedia.com

TORONTO, Canada – If you were around in 1954, you couldn’t escape the 4 minute Mile. The newspapers were full of it, and the coverage wasn’t confined to the sports pages. Running a...

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How running has changed since the 4-minute Mile

April 25, 2014

When I was a child in the late 1950s, my parents taught me about Bannister's Mile just as they taught me about the first climbing of Mount Everest.

By Mary Beard, BBC.com

As we approach the 60th anniversary of the 4-minute Mile, historian Mary Beard reflects on what has changed in the sport...

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Fans queue for hours to meet Mile legend Sir Roger

April 15, 2014

“He is a legend. He shattered the record and inspired generations of all nations.”

By Oxford Mail

Sports fans waited up to four hours to meet their hero.

Sir Roger Bannister, the man who ran the first ever Mile under 4 minutes at Iffley Road sports track in 1954, signed copies of his...

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The 4 minute Mile, exact to the nearest inch

April 06, 2014

Our task was to measure the track’s inside lane, six inches in from the edge, to check that Sir Roger had run one Mile, no more and no less.

John Barrell letter to The Telegraph

SIR – I read Sir Roger Bannister’s article on his epic race with great interest as it brought back memories for me....

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Roger Bannister: ‘The day I broke the 4 minute Mile’

March 30, 2014

In an extract from his new book, "Twin Tracks", Bannister recounts how he prepared for his unforgettable, legendary race

Sixty years ago, on May 6, 1954, at Iffley Road track in Oxford, Roger Bannister became the first man in recorded history to run a Mile in under 4 minutes. Bannister, who had...

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Roger Bannister 4 minute Mile drama in the works

March 17, 2014

A BBC serial about the athlete and scholar's incredible, historic 1954 record run

By Ben Dowell, RadioTimes.com

Scriptwriter Andrew Davies is working on a BBC drama about Roger Bannister’s 4 minute Mile record run, RadioTimes.com can reveal.

The writer says that the drama is likely to be in...

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Sub-4 Fever

March 05, 2014

AW’s editor looks ahead excitedly to the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s first sub-4 minute Mile: the Everest of athletics

By Jason Henderson, Athletics Weekly

When Roger Bannister ran 3:59.4 in Oxford on May 6, 1954, to become the first man to break the 4-minute barrier for one Mile,...

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Retirement investing: your sub-4 minute Mile

January 09, 2014

For serious retirement investors, the far better sports metaphor lies in the story of Roger Bannister, the first man sub-4 minutes in the Mile

By Mitchell Tuchman, MarketWatch

Read enough about investing and eventually you run into this entertaining hockey metaphor: "Skate to where the puck...

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Celebrating the enduring flair of the amateur

November 30, 2013

Roger Bannister, first man sub-4 minutes for the Mile, the "perfect" amateur athlete

By Ian O'Riordan, Irish Times

If I was Sir Roger Bannister, the thought of what’s coming down the track next May would be terrifying. Imagine every sporting media outlet in the world looking for you to help...

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Who was the Greatest Athlete of All-Time?

August 14, 2013

Shaun White's versatility, Bo Jackson's phenomenal speed, Geronimo's nimbleness, Bannister's Mile moment and more

From The Atlantic

Gay Talese, writer

Boxing is the most physically demanding of athletic disciplines. No other athletes are so confronted with the physical demands, the heart,...

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Get Off the Sofa: Time is Running Out to Locate the Roger Bannister Lurking Inside Every One of Us

May 08, 2013

On a cinder track, 59 years ago on Monday, Roger Bannister became the first person to run the sub-four-minute Mile.

By Tanya Aldred, The Telegraph

It was a squally day, not good for records, and Roger Bannister nearly did not run at the Iffley Road track. But he knew his rivals were closing...

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On This Date in History: The Four-Minute Mile

May 06, 2013

By Daily Press

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first person to run a Mile in under four minutes.

For several years, men had been getting closer and closer to that barrier. It is not true, as some claim today, that experts in the 1950s believed it was impossible - but the idea of...

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The Thriller That Invites You to Run a Mile in Roger Bannister’s Shoes

May 01, 2013

Paul Collicut's graphic novel The Murder Mile was inspired by the split second in 1954 when John Landy looked over his left shoulder and Roger Bannister passed him on the right

By Sam Humphrey, The Guardian

Ever since our ancestors began painting on the walls of caves, running has been a...

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America’s Sub-4:00 Fraternity

April 02, 2013

The quest to "break four" still inspires

By Dave Hunter, RunBlogRun

David Hunter is on a roll. This piece on Chris Fallon of Ohio State, and the pursuit of the four minute Mile, is a fun read. The four minute Mile has become a litmus test to the growing strength of American distance running....

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The Miracle Mile of 1954

March 11, 2013

By The Commonwealth Games Federation

To mark Commonwealth Day 2013 the CGF is very proud to present a new short film telling the story of what is arguably the greatest athletics race of all time - the Miracle Mile of 1954.

The final of the one-Mile race at the Commonwealth (then called the...

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Bring Back the Mile!

February 27, 2013

Runners find renewed appreciation for the iconic distance.

By Mackenzie Lobby, Innovation for Endurance

Not many sports have it: It's what Ryan Lamppa calls the "Roger Bannister moment." Bannister was the first person to break the 4:00-minute Mile on May 6, 1954 on Oxford's Iffley Road Track,...

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Sir Roger Bannister Becomes a Comic Book Hero

February 12, 2013

By Shabbir, Commic Buzz

Legendary athlete, Sir Roger Bannister runs for his life as a comic book hero in a new graphic novel, The Murder Mile.  In 1954, the world-class runner took part in a number of heats prior to his historical victory at Ifley Rd, Oxford in May where he broke the...

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Dr. Sport: Catching Up to Bannister Was Thrill of a Lifetime

January 06, 2013

By Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun

SCENE & HEARD: Lorne Evans was seven years old when his mom, who worked at the PNE, snuck him into Empire Stadium to watch England's Roger Bannister and Australian John Landy compete in what would become known the world over as the Miracle Mile. The date was Aug....

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Attic Salt for Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012

October 28, 2012

By Ed Cullen, The Advocate

Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-4 minute Mile in history in 1954, was the hero of high school middle distance runners in the 1960s.

Reading Neal Bascomb’s book, “The Perfect Mile,” has brought back the joyful and painful memories of running the half mile at...

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Yorkshire Milers: My Magnificent Seven

November 09, 2012

Wood, Ibbotson, Simpson, Wilkinson, Coe, Elliott and Mayock

By Alan Flynn, EXCLUSIVE for Bring Back the Mile

In May 1954, Sir Roger Bannister ran the first even sub-4 minute Mile and I watched it on a 12” black and white TV. A couple of weeks later I won the Junior Athletics Trophy at my...

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Sir Roger Bannister on Running

October 14, 2012

By Nia Mason, ITV Meridian

Sir Roger Bannister started them off, and thousands of runners set off on the Oxford Half Marathon this morning. While it was an honour for many of the runners to meet one of their sporting heroes in the flesh, Sir Roger himself, said he was honoured to still be...

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Track Where Sir Roger Bannister Trained to Be Reopened

September 26, 2012

By ITV News

LONDON, England - A new athletics track at Paddington Recreation Ground is to be opened today, the site where Roger Bannister trained to break the four-minute Mile. The project, which aims to leave a lasting legacy for the Olympic Games, is backed by double gold medalist Mo Farah.

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Ian Interviews Sir Roger Bannister

September 24, 2012

By Ian Pinnell, Radio Cherwell

On Friday 21st September 2012, Emily's Big Walk took place at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

I was sent to cover the walk, as part of my role as Programme Controller with hospital radio station - Radio Cherwell. I interviewed various people, from...

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Gold Medalist Farah Backs Restoration of Track Roger Bannister Trained on to Break Four-Minute Mile

September 14, 2012

Double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has given his backing to the restoration of a historic running track.

By Rob Whitson, West End Extra

WESTMINSTER, England - Paddington Recreation Ground, where legendary runner Sir Roger Bannister trained to break the 4-minute Mile, is undergoing a...

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Ostler Runs in Sir Roger’s Footsteps

August 08, 2012

By Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle

OXFORD, England -- The rain begins falling just as I arrive at the Iffley Road Athletics Track at Oxford University, where Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute Mile barrier.

Perfect.

This is the same weather, breezy and drippy, that Bannister...

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Mile Legend Bannister Attends Olympic 1500 Final

August 08, 2012

From Sports Illustrated via AP

LONDON - Roger Bannister will forever be remembered for four laps around the track.

So it was fitting that the first man to break the four-minute Mile 58 years ago was front and center in the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night to watch the men's 1500 meters, known...

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Roger Bannister’s Legacy Endures Test of Time

August 07, 2012

By Mike Wise, The Washington Post

“Who is that?” a Brit of maybe 45 asked as a cluster of his countrymen took pictures with the man.

“It’s Roger Bannister.”

“Sir Roger?!” he said, scrambling for his camera and yelling for his family to pose with the first man to break the four-minute...

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What Our Heroes Teach Us About Perspective

August 06, 2012

By John Baldoni, Forbes

Of the many wonderful outcomes of the London 2012 Olympics is the attention that Roger Bannister, the first man to run the sub-four minute Mile, now in his eighties is receiving.

When I was growing up, Bannister was a hero of mine. I ran track in high school and the...

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Bannister praises ‘enormous advances’ in anti-doping

August 01, 2012

It was described as the "Everest of athletics". Almost 60 years after Sir Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute Mile he talks to Channel 4 News about sporting barriers, the Olympics and doping.

By Channel 4 News


It was May 6, 1954 when a young Roger Bannister ran into the record books as...

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Sir Roger Bannister on the Olympics and Oxford’s Runners

July 30, 2012

By James M. Clash, The Huffington Post

Watching opening ceremonies for the London Olympics, I was delighted to see the great Sir Roger Bannister present. Bannister was an Olympian in 1952, but he didn't win the gold you might expect from the first man to run a 4 minute Mile. In fact, he's...

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Gold Eluded Bannister, but Track Immortality Did Not

July 27, 2012

By John F. Burns, New York Times

OXFORD, England — When Sir Roger Bannister is asked whether he knew he was about to run into history as he lined up on a rain-dampened, blustery English running track 58 years ago for his bid to break the four-minute Mile barrier, he smiles, shakes his head, and...

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London 2012: Sir Roger Bannister hot favourite to light Olympic flame

July 26, 2012

William Hill stop taking bets on 83-year-old's appointment
Bannister became first man to ran sub-four-minute mile

By Sam Jones, The Guardian

William Hill has stopped taking bets on Sir Roger Bannister lighting the Olympic cauldron after receiving a flurry of big bets backing the man who ran...

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Sir Roger Bannister missed out in Helsinki

July 18, 2012

Bikash Mohapatra digs out some of the biggest names in sport who failed to leave a mark on the Olympics.

By rediff.com

The Olympics is a great leveler.

While on the one hand we witness athletes rising from relative anonymity to create history, on the other there are eminent athletes who...

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Roger Bannister carries Olympic torch on track where he broke 4-minute Mile

July 10, 2012

By Associated Press

OXFORD, England — Roger Bannister returned to the track where he broke the 4-minute barrier for the Mile 58 years ago, walking slowly but smiling broadly as he carried the Olympic torch across the finish line Tuesday just 17 days before the start of the London Games.

The...

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Last Amateur Bannister Is No LeBron Chasing Olympic Ideal

July 09, 2012

By Oliver Staley, Bloomberg Business Week

Britain was still reeling from World War II in the early 1950s. Then came the coronation of a new queen, the conquest of Mt. Everest and, in May 1954, the breaking of the four-minute Mile by Roger Bannister.

Bannister and his epic run helped rally the...

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Sir Roger Bannister Considered Retirement Before Four Minute Mile

July 04, 2012

Sir Roger Bannister has revealed how his fourth place at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics changed sporting history.

By The British Broadcasting Corporation

He planned to retire if he won gold at the Games - and would not have gone on to run the first sub-four minute Mile.

The 83-year-old told BBC...

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The very modest hero who raced into history on pilchard power

June 12, 2012

As he prepares to carry the Olympic Torch, an enchanting interview with 4-minute Mile legend Roger Bannister

By Jane Fryer, Daily Mail

OXFORD - Sir Roger Bannister is sitting straight-backed and immaculate in his favourite 'very hard' chair.

He’s chatting about Olympic gold medals, the...

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Roger Bannister to carry the Olympic torch at the Oxford track where he made history

June 04, 2012

Sir Roger Bannister will carry the Olympic torch on the track where he became the first man to run the Mile in less than four minutes

By Tim Walker, The Telegraph

OXFORD - Although Sir Roger Bannister would have been a popular choice to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony, the...

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London 2012 - Should Bannister light Olympic flame?

June 01, 2012

Five-times Olympic gold medallist Steve Redgrave remains the bookies' hot favourite to light the Olympic flame in the stadium at the London 2012 opening ceremony, but Sir Roger Bannister is closing on him.

By Eurosport

Redgrave is a 1-3 favourite to be afforded the honour, but legendary...

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Roger Bannister, Chris Chataway, Ulick O’Connor in “A Life Unexpected” Teaser Reel

May 18, 2012

"A Life Unexpected" is a new documentary about the life of world-renowned Athletics Coach and Dunera Boy, Franz Stampfl - who produced more than 300 Olympians, World Champions and National Champions from more than 14 countries during his 50 year career, including coaching Roger Bannister to break...

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Daughter of Roger Bannister photographer recreates iconic image

May 16, 2012

The daughter of a photographer who captured Roger Bannister's four-minute Mile has recreated his iconic image.

By BBC News

OXFORD - Jenny Priscott, from Didcot, copied her father Ivan Sansom's picture when a theatre show retold the record-breaking event at Iffley Road Track, Oxford.

Mr...

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Roger’s four minutes to immortality

May 08, 2012

By Stephen Wilson, Irish Examiner

OXFORD - Roger Bannister remembers those fabled four minutes as if they were yesterday.

Like a proud patriarch regaling wide-eyed children, the 83-year-old avidly recounts that magical four-lap race on a cinder track in Oxford on May 6, 1954 — an event that...

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Sir Chris Chataway Interview and the Magic Mile

May 07, 2012

The UK's MarathonTalk podcast featured a two-part interview earlier this year with Sir Chris Chataway who paced Sir Roger Bannister to the first sub-4 minute Mile in 1954. Chataway went on to have a decorated career himself breaking the World 5000m record, winning Commonwealth gold over three...

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Actors walk in Sir Roger Bannister’s footsteps to explore the power of the four-minute Mile

May 06, 2012

By Paul Kelso, The Telegraph

OXFORD - This weekend sees the anniversary of perhaps the most famous landmark in sport. On Sunday it will be 58 years to the day since Sir Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute Mile, a feat that still resonates around the sporting world.

To mark the...

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Roger Bannister Remembers His Mile Milestone

March 01, 2012

By Stephen Wilson, Associated Press

OXFORD, England – Roger Bannister remembers those fabled four minutes as if they were yesterday, still as vivid in his mind today as that blustery late afternoon more than half a century ago.

Like a proud patriarch regaling his wide-eyed grandchildren, the...

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Memories of Roger Bannister’s record

February 25, 2012

By Rhianne Pope, Oxford Mail

When Roger Bannister stepped out on to an Oxford running track nearly 60 years ago, he was about to make sporting history.

And now a project at the Oxford Playhouse is looking to hear from the 3,000 people who were there to witness the first sub-four-minute mile.

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Group seeks higher profile for 1-mile track race

February 15, 2012

By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer

It's the race that cemented Roger Bannister's name into history and the distance that everyday runners use to gauge their progress and pace.

Yet, over the years, the mile has been cut out of most mainstream track meets, replaced by metric numbers that don't...

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An Open Love Letter to the Mile

February 14, 2012

Dear Mile:

You were our First Love from the time we set eyes on you; it's been a wonderful 100-plus years together. From the time Edward Merritt (USA) ran 4:43.8 in 1877 to Great Britian's Sir Roger Bannister's ground breaking first sub-4 minute Mile in 1954, we've been through it all. The...

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The Time a Land Forgot

May 01, 2004

Was Roger Bannister the first man to run a Mile in under 4 minutes or was he just the first amateur?, asks one of Britain's top sports historians

By Peter Radford, The Observer

There were no celebrations on May 9, 1970 to mark the 200th anniversary of the first 4 minute Mile, and no tours...

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4 Minutes and 20 Years

July 15, 1974

In 1954, gasping with effort on Oxford's Iffley Road track, Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute Mile. Now a prominent neurologist and chairman of the British Sports Council, his celebrity is undimmed, although critics say his idealist's view of athletics is anachronistic

By Kenny Moore,...

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The Joy of Running

June 20, 1955

The warm and personal story of a runner's boyhood, his first experiences in running, his youthful ambitions and frustrations, and how he developed the power he felt within him to become the greatest Miler of all-time

By Roger Bannister, Sports Illustrated

I remember a moment when I stood...

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1954 & Its Sportsman: Roger Bannister

January 03, 1955

The year brought shining performances in a host of sports, but the electrifying running of history's first 4-minute Miler—a man of no fanfare—made him year's pre-eminent man of sport

By Gerald Holland, Sports Illustrated

If ever a good speech ruined a dinner it was that delivered by Dr. Roger...

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Duel of the Four-Minute Men

August 16, 1954

Bannister surges to victory in the heart-stirring Commonwealth Games Mile; first time two men sub-4 minutes in the same Mile race

By Paul O'Neil, Sports Illustrated

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The art of running the Mile consists, in essence, of reaching the threshold of unconsciousness at the instant...

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Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

ELEVATE
Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

CELEBRATE
Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

NATIONAL MOVEMENT
Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

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