Roger Bannister

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Plaque name:

Roger Bannister

Location:

Iffley Road Sports Centre, Iffley Rd, United Kingdom , Oxford OX4 1EQ

Event discipline:

One Mile

Plaque awarded:

16/11/2019

Reason

Plaque Category - Legend

Sir Roger Bannister (GBR) 1929 - 2018

On 6 May 1954 in Oxford, England, Roger Bannister, coached by Franz Stampfl and paced by Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher, became the first man to ran one mile in under four minutes Mile (3:59.4).

Bannister also became European 1500m champion and Empire & Commonwealth Mile champion in the same year. His epic battle in that latter race with Australia’s John Landy, who in June had broken Bannister’s world record, became known as the ‘Miracle Mile’.

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