BirthdayMarch 23, 1929

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Roger Bannister

    Full name: Roger Bannister
    Also known as: Roger Bannister, Bannister, Roger
    Professions: English middle distance athlete
    Nationality: British
    Work: Master of Pembroke College, Oxford

  2. Roger Bannister Measurements

    Height: 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

  3. Roger Bannister Known for

    100 Years of Olympic Glory (1996), The Four Minute Mile (2004), The First Four Minutes (2005), A Life Unexpected: The Man Behind the Miracle Mile

  4. Roger Bannister Biography

    Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE (born 23 March 1929) is an English former athlete, physician and academic, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile.In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres, but did not win the medal he expected. This humiliation strengthened his resolve to be the first 4-minute miler.This was finally achieved on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. When the announcer declared "The time was three...", the cheers of the crowd drowned-out the details of the result, which was 3 min 59.4 sec.Bannister's record only lasted 46 days. More notable was that he had reached this record with so little training, while practising as a junior doctor.Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College at the University of Oxford, before retiring in 1993. When asked whether the 4-minute mile was his proudest achievement, he said he felt prouder of his contribution to academic medicine through research into the responses of the nervous system. Bannister is patron of The MSA Trust. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011.

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