Doctor Roger Bannister & the Four-Minute Mile

In May, 1954, not long before Schenectady Little League won the World Series, we were mesmerized by what might have been considered an unreachable mark years earlier.  Doctor Roger Bannister of England became the first man to break the four-minute mile.  But just a month and a half later, Australia’s John Landy became the second runner to accomplish the same feat.  In August of that year, the two runners met in a long-anticipated duel in the British Empire Games.  It was an historic event, because for the first time, both runners broke the four-minute mile in the same race.

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