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As well as the Day in history thread, that has not missed a day since 6th April 2008, here is an extra one. Roger Bannister breaks the 4min mile barrier:

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Default Re: The first sub-four minute mile (Today in History!)

And he believed his subsequent work as a neurologist was far more important than running the world's first 4 minute mile - do athletes hold that perspective today?

A final question - why did he not do it in bare feet - it's better, you know!

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I remember that happening
and it all seems like only yesterday

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As well as the Day in history thread, that has not missed a day since 6th April 2008, here is an extra one. Roger Bannister breaks the 4min mile barrier:
Even more interesting is the fact that an Australian runner, John Landy, who was running in that same race with Bannister and had posted faster times in the mile than Bannister, went running the night before the big race while barefoot, accidentally stepped on some glass, lacerated his foot, got 4 stitches, and ran the race anyway the next day with a lacerated plantar foot.

Therefore, John Landy's decision to run barefoot probably cost him from being proclaimed, instead of Roger Bannister, as the very first four minute miler. And now you know the rest of the story.

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Kevin, you are mixing up races. Landy was not in the race when Bannister went sub 4 for the first time. They raced in the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver later that year after Landy had run 3:57 a month after Bannister. It was billed the race of the Century and Bannister prevailed in that one, which I think was Sir Roger's last competition.

There are two great books about this event- one is Bannister's Autobiography and a newer book is The Perfect Mile which chronicles the quest by Landy, Bannister and American Wes Santee (who may have been the first if not for the ineptitude and corruption of the AAU officials).

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Kevin, you are mixing up races. Landy was not in the race when Bannister went sub 4 for the first time. They raced in the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver later that year after Landy had run 3:57 a month after Bannister. It was billed the race of the Century and Bannister prevailed in that one, which I think was Sir Roger's last competition.

There are two great books about this event- one is Bannister's Autobiography and a newer book is The Perfect Mile which chronicles the quest by Landy, Bannister and American Wes Santee (who may have been the first if not for the ineptitude and corruption of the AAU officials).

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Sad news today:
Christopher Chataway, inspired Roger Bannister to run first sub four minute mile, has died
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