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The sub four minute mile


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A couple of weeks ago I saw the last part of a film about Dr. Roger Bannister and his training to break the four minute mile 'barrier' -- it was thought to be beyond human ability. I took it for an old, old movie. It could have been made in the 1950s or 60s -- but then, why did Christopher Plummer look so old? Today I realized it must have been produced for the 50th anniversary of that event. The crawl at the end of the film said that two months later a New Zealand runner beat Roger's record. Then a few months after that the New Zealander and Bannister ran a match race and Bannister won that one, and then retired from competitive running.

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