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May 6, 2004

50 Years On, Celebrating the Miracle Mile

'The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win'

-- Sir Roger Bannister

On May 6, 1954, 50 years ago today, Roger Bannister ran the mile under four minutes, the first human being to ever do so.

It was a feat that had eluded countless champion athletes for many, many years until a 25-year-old British medical student completed the distance in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds, at Oxford.


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