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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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The Subway Miler: Leslie MacMitchell

July 01, 1942

Leslie’s time drew a thunderous cheer. It was 4:07.4, tying the world’s record time... He was king of the Milers at 20!

By Roger Birtwell, Esquire

Running is a country boy’s game. Ask any track coach what type of material he prefers. “Give me kids from the country,” he’ll say. He wants...

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Lovelock smashes Mile world record

July 15, 1933

Kiwi legend beats American Bill Bonthron who also sets U.S. record

From NZ History

Jack Lovelock’s run at Princeton University shattered the world record for the Mile, held by Frenchman Jules Ladoumègue, by 1.6 seconds. The race was dubbed the ‘greatest Mile of all-time’ by Time magazine.

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