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Roger Bannister - First sub-4 minute mile - Iffley Road

Roger Bannister of Great Britain (1929-2018), with a time of 3 mins 59.4 seconds, becomes the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes, at the Iffley Road Sports Ground, England on 6th may 1954. Date: 1954

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In this historic photograph, Roger Bannister, a legendary British athlete born in 1929, stands triumphantly after becoming the first person in history to run a mile in under 4 minutes. The momentous occasion took place on May 6, 1954, at the Iffley Road Sports Ground in England. With a time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds, Bannister shattered the long-standing barrier that many believed was impossible to break. The achievement of running a mile in under 4 minutes had been a goal for runners for decades. This elusive feat was often referred to as the "four-minute mile" and was considered the pinnacle of athletic prowess. Bannister's groundbreaking performance not only cemented his place in athletic history but also opened the door for future milers to push the limits of human endurance. The image captures the excitement and anticipation of the moment, with a crowd of spectators gathered around the track, eagerly watching Bannister's every move. The athlete's determined expression and raised arms in victory symbolize the sheer grit and determination required to break through such a significant barrier. This photograph is a testament to Bannister's unwavering dedication and passion for running. His accomplishment not only revolutionized the sport of athletics but also inspired generations of runners and athletes to push beyond their perceived limitations. The 1950s, a decade marked by significant advancements in technology and societal change, saw Bannister's achievement as a symbol of human progress and the limitless potential of the human spirit.

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