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Roger Bannister, first to run a mile under 4 minutes, dies

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:59 am
by Tom Nolette
Roger Bannister, first to run a mile in under 4 minutes, dies at 88
His time of 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds, captured the world's imagination and buoyed the spirits of Britons still suffering through post-war austerity in 1954.

LONDON – It was a typical British afternoon in early May: wet, cool and blustery. Not exactly the ideal conditions for running four laps around a track faster than many thought humanly possible.

A lanky Oxford medical student named Roger Bannister looked up at the white-and-red English flag whipping in the wind atop a nearby church and figured he would have to call off the record attempt.

But then, shortly after 6 p.m. on May 6, 1954, the wind subsided. Bannister glanced up again and saw the flag fluttering oh-so gently. The race was on. ... ies-at-88/