Bannister relives mile milestone

2012-03-01 15:46

Oxford - Roger Bannister remembers those fabled four minutes as if they were yesterday, still as vivid in his mind today as that blustery late afternoon more than half a century ago.

Like a proud patriarch regaling his wide-eyed grandchildren, the 82-year-old Bannister avidly recounts that magical four-lap race on a cinder track in Oxford in 1954 that still stands as a transcendent moment in sports.

Three minutes, 59.4 seconds.

With London hosting the Olympics this summer, what better a symbol for Britain and sporting achievement than the first man to run the mile in under 4 minutes - that mythical barrier that some thought was beyond human reach.

Bannister says "it's amazing that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have broken the 4-minute mile."