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    Roger Bannister RIP 1929-2018
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    A statement released on behalf of Sir Rogerís family said: "Sir Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March 2018, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them."

    Thought you would be interested because he was a famed neurologist. I heard he also ran from track.
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    Sir Roger Bannister: The First Four Minutes R. I. P.
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    Born in 1929--a year of great financial losses, about halfway between two World War's--this reserved yet tough gentleman made eternal sports history a quarter century later by running the Mile in under 4 minutes!

    We all know the story.
    We can SEE the legendary photo in books and in our heads.
    We know the time, the splits, his training during the last days and weeks before the race.

    3:59.4
    Numbers that will breathe forever!
    4 laps of a 440 yard track.
    Numerical symmetry.

    On that day--May 6, 1954--in Oxford, England--Roger Bannister "created" the "four minute mile"--later the title of a memoir written about that effort!

    Today, over 60 years later, the MILE remains an iconic word and sports event that people worldwide still love and revere.
    Even those American High School kids who run the truncated version called the 1600 refer to their 4-lapper as the Mile!
    The Millrose Games and the Prefontaine Classic have their Wanamaker and Bowerman Mile's!
    Track and Field News has their list of the First 500 American Sub-4:00 Milers!

    Just 10 years after that 25 year old man ran his 3:59.4, Jim Ryun--a High School 11th Grader from Kansas--ran FASTER than Bannister did--3:59.0!

    The 4 Minute Mile may have become redundant, but what Bannister did on that day in 1954 has become Legend and History!

    We all have our thoughts about that event--not all of us being fans of its remaining on the program--but our thoughts about Roger Bannister are ONE--

    that he will live in our hearts and minds as long as we draw breath!!
    that what he did was more than a great athletic feat!
    that those four minutes of time created the Heart and Soul of the sport of Athletics (Track & Field) worldwide forever!

    Rest in Peace, Roger!
    And Thank You for everything you did in a well-lived life!
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    Definitely not EXACTLY the same, but has anyone other than myself connected the life that Laura Muir leads to that of Bannister?

    Both are accomplished record-breaking Milers (Muir the British & Scottish records for the "metric" mile!).
    And both were/are studying for careers in the field of medicine.
    (Laura for the veterinarian field; Bannister for the neurological sciences!)

    Another thought--Bannister's 3:59.4 was a RABBITED TIME TRIAL--NOT really a "race"!!
    The more things change, the more they remain the same!!

    LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronk View Post
    Born in 1929--a year of great financial losses, about halfway between two World War's--this reserved yet tough gentleman made eternal sports history a quarter century later by running the Mile in under 4 minutes!

    We all know the story.
    We can SEE the legendary photo in books and in our heads.
    We know the time, the splits, his training during the last days and weeks before the race.

    3:59.4
    Numbers that will breathe forever!
    4 laps of a 440 yard track.
    Numerical symmetry.

    On that day--May 6, 1954--in Oxford, England--Roger Bannister "created" the "four minute mile"--later the title of a memoir written about that effort!

    Today, over 60 years later, the MILE remains an iconic word and sports event that people worldwide still love and revere.
    Even those American High School kids who run the truncated version called the 1600 refer to their 4-lapper as the Mile!
    The Millrose Games and the Prefontaine Classic have their Wanamaker and Bowerman Mile's!
    Track and Field News has their list of the First 500 American Sub-4:00 Milers!

    Just 10 years after that 25 year old man ran his 3:59.4, Jim Ryun--a High School 11th Grader from Kansas--ran FASTER than Bannister did--3:59.0!

    The 4 Minute Mile may have become redundant, but what Bannister did on that day in 1954 has become Legend and History!

    We all have our thoughts about that event--not all of us being fans of its remaining on the program--but our thoughts about Roger Bannister are ONE--

    that he will live in our hearts and minds as long as we draw breath!!
    that what he did was more than a great athletic feat!
    that those four minutes of time created the Heart and Soul of the sport of Athletics (Track & Field) worldwide forever!

    Rest in Peace, Roger!
    And Thank You for everything you did in a well-lived life!
    RIP. Great memories from 1954, the mile at Iffley Road and then the Vancouver mile.

    43 years later, Komen ran two miles back to back, each in less than 4 minutes. His 1996 3K record is even more amazing. I believe each 400 m segment was run in less than a minute.
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    Sir Roger was also a highly respected neurologist.
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
    by Thomas Henry Huxley
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pego View Post
    Sir Roger was also a highly respected neurologist.
    I think he was respected enough that he may have become Sir Roger even without his sporting achievements.
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    Rest in peace to the man who changed the course of history....!
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    Quote Originally Posted by einnod23 View Post
    Rest in peace to the man who changed the course of history....!
    What? A bit of an overstatement.... The race was of course a great achievement.....but not sure what history was changed....except perhaps who ran sub 4 first.
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    "43 years later, Komen ran two miles back to back, each in less than 4 minutes. His 1996 3K record is even more amazing. I believe each 400 m segment was run in less than a minute. "

    I'd say so....58.7 avg....


    Komen's 7:20 still boggles the mind... more than even Bolt's achievements.
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