They said it couldn’t be done, that man simply could not maintain such a running pace. They thought it could never happen in their lifetimes.
Well, on the 6th May 1954, at the Iffley Road track in Oxford, the impossible become possible. Roger Bannister, a 25 year old medical student, became the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes.
When the stadium announcer declared “The time was three…”, the jubilant cheers of the 3000 strong crowd drowned out the details of the rest of the result. Everyone knew they were in the presence of greatness – witnessing the first sub 4 minute mile.
It took 3 mins 59.4 seconds to silence the doubters and etch Sir Roger Bannister’s name in Oxford folklore!
Photo by Jonathan Bowen (CC BY 2.0)