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Post by Geezaldinho Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:06 am

RIP. He died at 88.

He was the first to run a sub4 mile in 1954 at a time when it was deemed beyond human ability.

And he went on to become a neurologist and researcher at Pemroke college at Oxford.

One of the fellows who paced him was Christopher Brasher, who became an accomplished mountaineer.

About 1100 people have hit that mark, about 1/4 the number who have climbed Everest.

514 of them are Americans. 10 of those were in high school when they did it, the first being Jim Ryun in 1965.
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Post by DoubleDipper Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:28 pm

As a charter subscriber to Sports Illustrated, I still remember when the 4-minute "barrier" was broken and Dr. Bannister was selected the SI Sportsman of the Year at the conclusion of 1954....the first time I remember seeing a color photograph of the man.

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SI cost just a quarter ($.25) in those days...
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