Who was Sir Roger Bannister? Life and times of the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes

SIR ROGER BANNISTER has died at the age of 88

He’s greatest remembered for being the first athlete to break the four-minute barrier for the mile.

 Sir Roger Bannister with the stopwatch that recorded his record feat in 1954

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Sir Roger Bannister with the stopwatch that recorded his report feat in 1954

Sir Roger achieved the feat on Might 6, 1954 at Iffley Street monitor in Oxford.

Such was his accomplishment that when the announcer, Norris McWhirter, declared "The time was three…", the cheers of the crowd drowned out Bannister's actual time.

It was truly 3mins fifty nine.4secs.

 Roger Bannister hits the tape to register the first sub four-minute mile

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Roger Bannister hits the tape to register the first sub four-minute mile
 Bannister with pacesetters Chris Brasher left) and Chris Chataway

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Bannister with pacesetters Chris Brasher left) and Chris Chataway

Bannister ran in his spare time away from the calls for of his medical research at Oxford College.

He reached this report with minimal coaching, whereas practising as a junior physician.

He used his medical information to devise his personal coaching regime and examine the mechanical points of operating.

 Sir Roger trained when his medical studies allowed

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Sir Roger educated when his medical research allowed
 Bannister retired later in 1954 but had raced his way into athletics folklore

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Bannister retired later in 1954 however had raced his approach into athletics folklore

Bannister additionally gained gold over the similar distance at the 1954 Commonwealth Video games and later turned a main neurologist.

Because it occurred, his document lasted simply forty six days.

Australian center-distance runner and politician John Landy surpassed his feat in Turku, Finland. Landy's time was 3mins fifty seven.9secs.

However Bannister will all the time be remembered as the first man to run a sub four-minute mile.

 Bannister was knighted in 1975 and made a Companion of Honour in the 2017 New Year's Honours

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Bannister was knighted in 1975 and made a Companion of Honour in the 2017 New Yr's Honours

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Bannister was helped in his achievement by Sir Christopher Chataway – who beat Bannister to the inaugural BBC Sports activities Character of the Yr Award later that yr – and Chris Brasher, who acted as pacesetters.

Brasher, who went on to co-discovered the London Marathon, died in 2003 after a brief sickness and Chataway died from most cancers in 2014.

Britons Seb Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram every held the report a minimum of as soon as in the Nineteen Eighties.

The present mile world report is held by Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj, He ran 3mins forty three.13secs in Rome on 7 July 1999.

Bannister retired from athletics at the finish of 1954 to pursue his medical research full-time. He later turned a marketing consultant neurologist.

He continued to run to hold match till he broke his ankle in a automotive accident in 1975, the similar yr he was knighted in 2014 he revealed he had the neurological dysfunction Parkinson's illness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIR ROGER BANNISTER has died at the age of 88

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