Roger Bannister stories in the SI Vault

Duel Of The Four-Minute Men By Paul O'Neil, August 16, 1954 Bannister surges to victory in the heart-stirring Vancouver mile.

954 & Its Sportsman: Roger Bannister By Gerald Holland, January 03, 1955 The year brought shining performances in a host of sports, but the electrifying running of history's first four-minute miler -- a man of no fanfare -- made him year's pre-eminent man of sport.

4 Minutes And 20 Years By Kenny Moore, July 15, 1974 In 1954, gasping with effort on Oxford's Iffley Road track, Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile. Now a prominent neurologist and chairman of the British Sports Council, his celebrity is undimmed, although critics say his idealist's view of athletics is anachronistic.

An Exclusive Club By Gary Smith, June 27, 1994 Forty years after Roger Bannister broke four minutes, the brotherhood of mile record holders gathered to honor their grand obsession.

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