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    Rodger Bannister

    Thank you and RIP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stagger View Post
    Thank you and RIP
    Echo that Mr S. A great man, amazing that the 4 minute mile was only a small part of his life and that he classed his work as a neurologist as far more significant, what a difference between him and the sportsmen of today.

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    A real hero RIP

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    The pictures of his first sub 4-min mile are very evocative of a bygone age.
    A pioneering neurologist and runner and by all accounts a true Gentlemen.

    Let's not forget the impact he had on staircase safety as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ba-ba View Post
    The pictures of his first sub 4-min mile are very evocative of a bygone age.
    A pioneering neurologist and runner and by all accounts a true Gentlemen.

    Let's not forget the impact he had on staircase safety as well.
    Nice one Nick, had to think about that last line ..... just for a moment!
    Indeed a great man in his own right .... I don't know how many times I've seen the footage of his record breaking run - it's akin to scenes in "Chariots of Fire", with great names like Brasher & Chataway acting as his pacers for the early laps.
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    Yes, a great man, simple but effective training - 400 metre repeats at 4 minute mile pace - but sub-4; did he? All 4 timers got the same time; manual timers under-estimate by about 1/4 of a second. Sure, he did it by the standards of that era.

    I should add that his Textbook of Neurology, written believe it or not with a chap called Brain - was excellent - it made a potentially very difficult subject relatively easy to get to grips with.
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    How would his average speed have compared to the 1500 metre world record at that time?

    Roger Bannister 1,609.344 metres 1954 3:59.4.

    I suppose if anybody could be bothered to work it out
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1500_m...rd_progression

    3:43.0 Werner Lueg (FRG) 1952-06-29 Berlin, Germany

    if my reading of it is correct these two are 1500 times taken from a mile event.
    3:42.8+ Wes Santee (USA) 1954-06-04 Compton, United States
    3:41.8+ John Landy (AUS) 1954-06-21 Turku, Finland
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPatrickBarry View Post
    How would his average speed have compared to the 1500 metre world record at that time?

    Roger Bannister 1,609.344 metres 1954 3:59.4.

    I suppose if anybody could be bothered to work it out
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1500_m...rd_progression

    3:43.0 Werner Lueg (FRG) 1952-06-29 Berlin, Germany

    if my reading of it is correct these two are 1500 times taken from a mile event.
    3:42.8+ Wes Santee (USA) 1954-06-04 Compton, United States
    3:41.8+ John Landy (AUS) 1954-06-21 Turku, Finland
    3:43.13 but that extra 109 metres do take it out of you ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    3:43.13 but that extra 109 metres do take it out of you ;-)
    Looking at the times it did seem a bit slower. The mile was not an olympic event so I guess outside of the USA and UK the mile was not a priority target.

    He would still be up there in the top handful of middle distance runners of the time.
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    Outside of the UK the Ben, Burnsall or Borrowdale donít mean the same as they do here. Bannister is a legend (and ba-baís stair gag was very funny)

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