Breaking the four minute barrier was first achieved on the 6th May 1954 at Oxford University’s Iffley Road Track, by Roger Bannister at the age of 25 years old. The actual time was 3.59.4 minutes – that’s an average running speed of 15mph………………The track was later named after him!!
In 1975 he was quite rightly knighted for his legendary achievement and he became Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister. He became the first Chairman of the Sports Council (now call Sport England) and went on to become a Neurologist and Master of Pembroke College in Oxford, before retiring in 1993.
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