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Bannister breaking the four-minute mile.

Happy Birthday, Roger Bannister, First Runner to Break the Four-Minute Mile

March 23, 2011
by findingDulcinea Staff
In 1954, British medical student Roger Bannister became the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier, earning him international admiration and Sports Illustrated's first Sportsman of the Year award. When asked how he achieved his record-breaking feat, he replied, “It’s the ability to take more out of yourself than you've got.”