How great was Bannister’s sub-4 mile?

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    Interesting article. Was his breaking the 4 minute barrier really that great? Was it even Bannister’s best race of the year?

    You will have seen the legendary T-shirt: “The Older I Get, The Better I Was”. Despite its continuing acclaim, the first sub-four minute mile is a bit like that. It’s the 50th anniversary of the first sub-four today, and the media legions will be descending on the university track at Iffley Road, Oxford for a day of recollection and celebration with Sir Roger Bannister, the man who ran 3min 59.4sec there on May 6, 1954. Bannister won’t have far to come – his house is, appropriately a mile away.


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