The four-minute mile barrier has been broken countless times since Bannister accomplished the feat (the current record is 3:43), but Bannister was the first to show it was possible. For his efforts, he was named the first-ever Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.RANK: 18 LOCATION: Iffley Road Track | Oxford, UK DATE: 5/6/1954 CATEGORY: More

By Wertheim (Layden)
March 02, 2013

In 1954, Englishman Roger Bannister rewrote the record books when he became the first person to run a sub-four-minute mile

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