Roger Bannister
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"800 metres": 1:50.7 "1500 metres": 3:43.8 "Mile run/Mile": 3:58.8

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"Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister", Order of the British Empire/CBE (born 23 March 1929) is an England/English former athlete, physician and academic, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile.

In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres, but did not win the medal he expected. The humiliation strengthened his resolve to be the first 4-minute miler.

He achieved it on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. When the announcer declared "The time was three...", the cheers of the crowd drowned-out the details of the result, which was 3 min 59.4 sec.

Bannister's record lasted 46 days. More notable was that he had reached this record with so little training, while practising as a junior doctor.

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It has been a life-long pursuit for me, ... Running is an affair of youth. It helps you through adolescence and, for me of course, at a certain point it opened doors. I met people, and traveled. Of course it can make life more exciting and fulfilling.

Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.

I don't attach the importance to it as a lot of other people do.

If a man coaches himself, then he has only himself to blame when he is beaten.

The earth seemed to move with me. I found a new source of power and beauty, a source I never knew existed.

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful will win.

I leapt at the tape like a man taking his last spring to save himself from the chasm that threatens to engulf him.

The mile has all the elements of drama.