Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, born
in 1929, is an English former athlete best known for running the first sub-four
minute mile, remarkably while practicing as a junior doctor. This was finally
achieved on May 6, 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and
Chris Brasher providing the pacing. The result time was 3 min 59.4 sec.
Retiring from running shortly after, Bannister went on to become a
distinguished neurologist and an important contributor to research into the
human nervous system. Download and start listening now!