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Roger Bannister

The First 4-Minute Mile: Roger Bannister

May 6, 1954. Medical student Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run a sub-four minute mile in 3:59:04, at a track meet in Oxford, England.


The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. - Roger Bannister

We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable. [Roger Bannister]

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister. Is an English former athlete best known for running the first mile (1609,34 m) in less than 4 minutes.