Sir Roger Bannister, First Athlete To Run A Mile Under 4 Minutes, Dies At 88

Date March 5, 2018 18:01

Before 1954, the world believed it was impossible for a human being to run a mile under 4 minutes. Roger Bannister decided to prove that the world was wrong.


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Born in 1929, Bannister was from an average working-class family who dreamt of going to the university. His parents were unable to support his dream. But Bannister found he had a penchant for running. And eventually, he got a scholarship to study at Oxford.


After failing to win the 1.500 meters in the 1952 Olympics, Bannister turned to training instead. His goal was to break the 4.01-minute record for the mile run. On May 6th, 1954, Bannister finished with a time of 3:59.4.

An icon runs the final mile

Sir Roger Bannister has passed on at the age of 88 on Saturday the 3rd of March in Oxford. his family confirmed the news in a statement on Sunday.

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Before his death, the late sprinter had a long career as a neurologist. From 1985 to 1993, he was the head of Pembroke College, Oxford.


From the British Prime Minister to adoring fans and colleagues, condolences messages have been flooding social media.

Sir Roger Bannister paved the way for many athletes who have worked hard to make records on the track of their own. He will be sorely missed.

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