Roger Bannister facts for kids
Bannister in 2009
|Full name||Roger Gilbert Bannister|
23 March 1929|
|Died||3 March 2018
|Sport||Athletics/Track, Middle-distance running|
|Event(s)||Mile, 800 metres, 1500 metres|
|Achievements and titles|
Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister CH CBE (23 March 1929 – 3 March 2018) was an English athlete, physician and educator. He is best known for being the first person to run the mile in less than four minutes. Many people thought this was impossible, a natural limit of the human body, until he did it in 1954.
Bannister was born in Harrow, Middlesex. He was the first recipient of the Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year" award in January 1955. He was a neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford. He retired in 2001.
- "We run, not only because we think it is doing us good, but ... because it helps us to do other things better."
- The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
- "Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle--when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
Images for kids
Statue in Vancouver immortalising the moment in "The Miracle Mile" when Roger Bannister passed John Landy, with Landy looking back to gauge his lead
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