May 31, 2020
Jim Bailey shocked the world by beating legend John Landy in Los Angeles in 1956
By Dan Fredericks, The Sydney Morning Herald
Australian Jim Bailey was the first runner to break the 4 minute Mile on American soil. He achieved this unexpected, historic feat on May 6, 1956, at the Los Angeles...
August 27, 2019
“I felt I could not have run a more perfect race.”
Steve Landells for the IAAF
The IAAF takes a look back at five unforgettable, historic races over the classic Mile distance.
1954 – Oxford, England
Roger Bannister’s Mile world record may have only lasted a mere 46 days but his place...
March 11, 2019
The tiny, rare artifact is engraved with the time & date of the legendary race between Roger Bannister & John Landy
By John Mackie, The Vancouver Sun
The Miracle Mile was the highlight of the British Empire Games in 1954. That Saturday, Aug. 7, an excited 35,000 people jammed Empire Stadium...
October 15, 2018
"If I didn’t manage to defeat John Landy there, he would be the world record holder and have the right to be the best Miler in the world."
By Duncan Mackay, Editor, insidethegames.biz
The build-up to the Mile at the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver on Saturday, August 7 was more like a...
October 08, 2018
Vancouver Sun photographer has died at age 89: “He wasn’t sure when he took that photograph if he’d gotten it or not.”
By Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Sun
Charlie Warner wasn’t scheduled to work that Saturday afternoon, but he went to Empire Stadium anyway to shoot what’s come to be known as...
April 08, 2018
The Mile "is something that we have been talking with the IAAF about recently, particularly with the passing of Roger Bannister."
By Nick Butler, InsideTheGames.biz
A Mile race could be added to the program for future editions of the Commonwealth Games as part of a broader attempt to embrace...
February 07, 2018
And there’s more to Landy’s sudden breakthrough, after being stuck for so many races, than simple mind over muscle.
By Alex Hutchinson, Outside Magazine
On a frigid Saturday night in the university town of Sherbrooke, Quebec, in February 1996, I was pondering—yet again—one of the great...
December 12, 2017
Limited number of Bannister-Landy signed prints so order this Mile collectible today!
It has come to Bring Back the Mile’s attention that a limited number of autographed prints of “The Moment” when John Landy turned the wrong way as Roger Bannister passed him in the home stretch to win “The...
May 30, 2017
The stagnation was attributed to the war and the breakthrough was a return to sport along the modernization of training.
By The Science of Running
The story goes that Roger Bannister crushed the 4 minute Mile mark, and allowed runners to dream of the impossible. No longer held back by this...
March 26, 2017
The O’Hara-Keelan sub-4 breakthroughs came 54 years apart.
By Paul O’Shea, Once Upon a Time in the Vest
"It’s a brick wall. I shall not attempt it again."
--John Landy, after running between 4:02 and 4:03 six times in 1953.
Fortunately for the track & field world, the determined...
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