Roger Bannister and the Four Minute Mile

This book redresses the balance, presenting a revisionist history of Sir Roger Bannister and in doing so providing fresh insights into the making of this British 'champion'. This book does more than detail the history of a sporting giant.

Roger Bannister and the Four Minute Mile

Roger Bannister was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes. Fifty years on, his status, not just as a champion athlete but also as a true British hero, a gentleman and an amateur from a 'golden era' in sport, retains its unblemished appeal. Until now there has been little criticism and even less close historical study of Bannister and his achievement. This book redresses the balance, presenting a revisionist history of Sir Roger Bannister and in doing so providing fresh insights into the making of this British 'champion'. This book does more than detail the history of a sporting giant. It invites the reader to reconsider the very words often used to describe him - notably 'hero' and 'gentleman amateur'. Informed by contemporary sport science, the text also questions the significance of the four-minute mile. Providing fascinating insights into the history of track racing as well as athletic training methods and the beginnings of sport science, this is not just a testimonial to the legend of Roger Bannister, but instead is the first rigorous historical study of his sporting life and the man behind the legend. It reveals him as an ambivalent athlete, highly achievement-orientated and scientific, but also in love with the freedom of running sensuously in nature, in contrast to the constraints of modern sport.

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Roger Bannister and the Four-Minute Mile
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: John Bale
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-10 - Publisher: Routledge

Roger Bannister was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes. Fifty years on, his status, not just as a champion athlete but also as a true British hero, a gentleman and an amateur from a 'golden era' in sport, retains its unblemished appeal. Until now there
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Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: John Bryant
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-12-15 - Publisher: Random House

"Ladies and gentlemen, here is the result of event nine, the one mile: first, #41, Roger Bannister ... with a time which will be a new English Native, British National, All-Comers, European, British Empire and World Record. The time was three..." As the announcer spoke those fateful words, the crowd
Roger Bannister and the Four-minute Mile
Language: en
Pages: 143
Authors: John Bale
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004 - Publisher: Psychology Press

A refreshingly critical account of the life of sporting legend Roger Bannister, presenting a revisionist history of his life and his famous achievement and assessing his status as a 'hero' and 'champion'.
The Four-minute Mile
Language: en
Pages: 253
Authors: Roger Bannister
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 1989 - Publisher: Lyons Press

A personal and heartfelt account of the most stunning athletic achievement of the twentieth century
The First Four Minutes
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Sir Roger Bannister
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-10-21 - Publisher: The History Press

On 6 May 1954 Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, establishing himself as one of the most famous sportsmen in history. Bannister has written a substantial new introduction of this 50th anniversary edition of The First Four Minutes, reflecting on his experiences