46 Facts About Roger Bannister

1. Roger Bannister went on to win British and Empire championships in the mile run, and the European title in the 1,500-meter event in 1954.

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2. Roger Bannister finished his medical degree and became a practicing neurologist and neuroscience researcher.

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3. On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister was running for the Amateur Athletic Association in Oxford against runners from the university in their annual match.

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4. Roger Bannister was born in Middlesex on March 23, 1929.

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5. Roger Bannister continued to improve his race times and compete in small competitions.

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6. Roger Bannister was born on March 23, 1929, in Harrow, England.

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7. Roger Bannister was the first person to break the four-minute mile.

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8. Roger Bannister spent two months after the Olympics deciding whether he wanted to keep running.

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9. Roger Bannister began using a new training method called Fartlek, in which runners alternate bursts of speed with steady running, and rapidly improved.

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10. In 1948, Roger Bannister was selected as a "possible" runner for the Olympic team, but he felt that he was not yet ready to compete at the Olympic level.

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11. Roger Bannister was the first person ever to run a mile in under four minutes.

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12. Roger Bannister told Kervin that he was "very flattered indeed", especially since his performance was placed above that of five-time Olympic gold-medal winner, Steve Redgrave, an athlete whom Bannister had long admired.

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13. In 2001, Roger Bannister's breaking of the four-minute barrier was chosen as the Greatest British Sports Performance of the Century, according to Alison Kervin in the London Times.

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14. Roger Bannister has written hundreds of scholarly papers, and has edited medical textbooks.

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15. Roger Bannister earned his medical degree from Oxford in 1963, and became a neurologist.

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16. Roger Bannister said, "John Landy had shown me what a race could really be at its greatest.

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17. Roger Bannister won the British mile championships in 1951 and 1953.

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18. In 1949, Roger Bannister won races in the United States with times of 4:11.1 and 4:11.9.

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19. At the time, Roger Bannister was not obviously talented as a runner; he had an ungainly walk, and barely made Oxford University's third track team.

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20. In 1946, Roger Bannister began medical school in Oxford, where he had won a scholarship.

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21. In 1954, Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes.

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22. Roger Bannister graduated from St Mary's in 1954, earned a medical degree from Oxford in 1963, and became a neurologist.

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23. Roger Bannister received honorary degrees from the University of Pavia in 1986 and from Brunel University London in 2008, as well as an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in 2014.

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24. Roger Bannister received honorary degrees from the University of Sheffield in 1978, and from the University of Bath in 1984.

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25. Roger Bannister was knighted in the 1975 New Year Honours, and appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to sport.

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26. Roger Bannister said that, in terms of athletic achievement, he felt his performances at the 1952 Olympics and the 1954 Commonwealth Games were more significant than running the sub-4-minute mile.

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27. Roger Bannister died on 3 March 2018 at the age of 88 in Oxford.

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28. Roger Bannister gave up after two and a half laps, but Chris Brasher took up the pace.

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29. Roger Bannister had never worn running spikes previously or run on a track.

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30. Roger Bannister had attained this record with minimal training, while practising as a junior doctor.

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31. Roger Bannister accomplished this feat on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing.

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32. Roger Bannister became a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 2001.

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33. Roger Bannister was made an Honorary Freeman of the London Borough of Harrow on 4 May 2004, and was granted the Freedom of the City of Oxford in 2004.

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34. Roger Bannister was an Honorary Fellow of both Exeter College and Merton College, where he studied at the University of Oxford; he was Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

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35. In 2012, Roger Bannister carried the Olympic flame at the site of his memorable feat, in the Oxford University track stadium now named after him.

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36. Roger Bannister purchased the cup awarded to the winning team in the annual United Hospitals Cross-Country Championship.

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37. Roger Bannister gave his name to both the trophy presented to the winning team in the annual Imperial College School of Medicine vs Imperial College London athletics Varsity match, as well as the award given to the graduating doctor of Imperial College School of Medicine who has achieved most in the sporting community.

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38. In 2014, Roger Bannister said in an interview: "I'd rather be remembered for my work in neurology than my running.

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39. Roger Bannister finished fourth, out of the medals, but set a British record of 3:46.30 in the process.

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40. When he ran his semifinal, Roger Bannister finished fifth and thereby qualified for the final, but he felt "blown and unhappy".

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41. Roger Bannister avoided racing after the 1951 season until late in the spring of 1952, saving his energy for Helsinki and the Olympics.

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42. Roger Bannister started his running career at Oxford in the autumn of 1946 at the age of 17.

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43. Roger Bannister was inspired by miler Sydney Wooderson's remarkable comeback in 1945.

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44. Roger Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 1993.

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45. At the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Roger Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres and finished in fourth place.

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46. Roger Bannister broke the four minute barrier on a cinder track.

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