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.