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The first winner of the ‘4-minute barrier’

Roger Bannister

Roger Bannister

Birthday: 23.03 . 1929 the year
Age: 88 years  DEATH March 4, 2018 
Place of Birth: Harrow , United Kingdom Citizenship: United KingdomOriginal name: Roger Gilbert Bannister Original name: Roger Gilbert Bannister

The first winner of the ‘4-minute barrier’

Roger Bannister believes that he helped humanity the most with his works in neurology – and, indeed, in this area he succeeded fairly. True glory to Roger, however, brought one day, to neurology is not a relationship – the day when Roger Bannister put on the treadmill record previously considered medically impossible.

Glory to the British Roger Bannister brought one particular day – May 6, 1954; It was on this day that Roger committed what was previously considered impossible. People have always had a certain weakness for whole and round figures; until this moment no one could run a mile a mile faster than in 4 minutes – and as a consequence, this limit was considered a very, very serious achievement. The Daily Telegraph reported this record as “the greatest goal in the history of sports,” an “elusive and unattainable, like Everest.” Everest could conquer on May 23, 1953, and a distance of a mile Roger Bannister conquered almost a year later. Edmund Hillary(Edmund Hilary) and Tenzig Norgay (Tenzing Norgay), of course, overcame far more distance, but before the Bannister the task was also not an easy one. The word ‘impossible’ was not used for the intended purpose; medical physiologists told Roger that it was impossible to run a mile faster than in 4 minutes – and that even if he tried to do something like that, he was seriously at risk of health. However, if someone could do this ‘impossible’, then it was Roger Bannister .

Roger Bannister crossing the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Original Publication: Aldus Disc – People & Personalities – 1353 – 12 (Photo by Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images)

At the time of the record, the native Harrow, England (Harrow, England), was 25 years old. The man was rightfully considered the best runner in the country at medium distances; However, shortly before in Roger’s life, there was a serious crisis – he was forced to settle for only the 4th place in the 1500m race at the Olympics in Helsinki (Helsinki). Many predicted Bannister victory in this discipline and the fact that he could not even get a medal, strongly hurt the man. For a while, Roger seriously considered leaving the sport; however, in the end, Bannister decided to continue running – and even found a new goal in life. The purpose of this just was to overcome the mile faster than in 4 minutes; The unique record really should glorify the man for centuries. Inspired by the example of Sydney Wooderson (Sydney Wooderson) – once he made a splash, brilliantly returning to the big sport in 1945, setting a new record for Britain. However, Roger’s plans were much more ambitious – he was going, no less, to put a world record.

Performed his feat Bannister on the site of the University of Oxford, as part of the annual match between the University team and the Association of Athletes-Lovers. In addition to the Roger’s race involved two of his closest friends, Chris Cheteuey (Chris Chataway) and Chris Brasher (Chris Brasher); Attempts between the three athletes were planned quite carefully.

Roger Bannister crossing the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Original Publication: Aldus Disc – People & Personalities – 1353 – 12 (Photo by Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images)

Before the race, Bannister had some inaccurate weather data; However, even the supposed wind did not force the athletes to abandon their plans. The star of the race was Bannister himself; his companions were to help him with the race. The first two stages were set by Brasher; Bannister later admitted that the tempo given to him seemed too slow. Roger’s assessment was inaccurate – in fact, Brasher was running at exactly the right pace, breaking half the distance in 1 minute 58 seconds. Bannister, according to the plan originally conceived, kept behind. After the second stage, Brashera was succeeded by Chathaway; Roger kept his back, not slowing down the pace. Under the cries of the crowd, Bannister was already accelerating at the last stage; picking up speed, before the last turn, Roger went around his partner. As Roger later recalled, The earth seemed to move with him; Bannister felt a new source of strength and beauty – a source that had never been suspected before. Spending 100% and activating all of his reserves, Roger tore the ribbon – and literally crashed to the ground. At some point Bannister decided that the predictions of doctors and scientists still came true and the attempt to beat an unbreakable record cost him his life. Let and with the help of others, but Bannister managed to get to his feet. When Roger’s result was officially announced, the crowd literally roared with delight; screams began, scarcely counting the time, Norris McWhirter, pronounced the first figure of ‘three’. As it turned out, with the distance Roger managed for 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds – thereby achieving the goal and setting a new world record. Bannister felt a new source of strength and beauty – a source that had never been suspected before. Spending 100% and activating all of his reserves, Roger tore the ribbon – and literally crashed to the ground. At some point Bannister decided that the predictions of doctors and scientists still came true and the attempt to beat an unbreakable record cost him his life. Let and with the help of others, but Bannister managed to get to his feet. When Roger’s result was officially announced, the crowd literally roared with delight; screams began, scarcely counting the time, Norris McWhirter, pronounced the first figure of ‘three’. As it turned out, with the distance Roger managed for 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds – thereby achieving the goal and setting a new world record. Bannister felt a new source of strength and beauty – a source that had never been suspected before. Spending 100% and activating all of his reserves, Roger tore the ribbon – and literally crashed to the ground. At some point Bannister decided that the predictions of doctors and scientists still came true and the attempt to beat an unbreakable record cost him his life. Let and with the help of others, but Bannister managed to get to his feet. When Roger’s result was officially announced, the crowd literally roared with delight; screams began, scarcely counting the time, Norris McWhirter, pronounced the first figure of ‘three’. As it turned out, with the distance Roger managed for 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds – thereby achieving the goal and setting a new world record. Spending 100% and activating all of his reserves, Roger tore the ribbon – and literally crashed to the ground. At some point Bannister decided that the predictions of doctors and scientists still came true and the attempt to beat an unbreakable record cost him his life. Let and with the help of others, but Bannister managed to get to his feet. When Roger’s result was officially announced, the crowd literally roared with delight; screams began, scarcely counting the time, Norris McWhirter, pronounced the first figure of ‘three’. As it turned out, with the distance Roger managed for 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds – thereby achieving the goal and setting a new world record. Spending 100% and activating all of his reserves, Roger tore the ribbon – and literally crashed to the ground. At some point Bannister decided that the predictions of doctors and scientists still came true and the attempt to beat an unbreakable record cost him his life. Let and with the help of others, but Bannister managed to get to his feet. When Roger’s result was officially announced, the crowd literally roared with delight; screams began, scarcely counting the time, Norris McWhirter, pronounced the first figure of ‘three’. As it turned out, with the distance Roger managed for 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds – thereby achieving the intended and setting a new world record. Let and with the help of others, but Bannister managed to get to his feet. When Roger’s result was officially announced, the crowd literally roared with delight; screams began, scarcely counting the time, Norris McWhirter, pronounced the first figure of ‘three’. As it turned out, with the distance Roger managed for 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds – thereby achieving the goal and setting a new world record. Let and with the help of others, but Bannister managed to get to his feet. When Roger’s result was officially announced, the crowd literally roared with delight; screams began, scarcely counting the time, Norris McWhirter, pronounced the first figure of ‘three’. As it turned out, with the distance Roger managed for 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds – thereby achieving the intended and setting a new world record.

After setting the record, Roger became chairman of the Sports Council; In 1975 he was knighted for his service. Under the auspices of Bannister, various kinds of sporting events and competitions took place; Roger participated in the creation of new sports centers and institutions. Among other things, Roger was the initiator of the first in the history of sports checks on anabolic steroids.

In 2002, Channel 4 conducted a special survey; according to the results of this poll Bannister’s race got on the 13th place in the rating of “100 greatest sporting moments”. In 2004, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Roger’s record, Bannister was interviewed for the ‘BBC’. Among other things, in this interview, Bunnister was asked about whether he considers victory over the 4-minute barrier his greatest achievement. Strangely enough, but Roger said no; he said that the next 40 years as a practicing neurologist and some innovations introduced during this period, he regards as much more important an act. The greatest contribution Roger made in the field of research of vegetative deficiencies.

In 2012, Bannister was entrusted with the Olympic torch in the stadium, where he once set his record; By the way, this stadium already bore his name.

 

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