Roger Bannister

English middle distance athlete
Historical marker in Oxford

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister CBE (born 23 March 1929) is an English athlete best known as the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Bannister became a neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford. Sir Roger was the first recipient of the Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year" award in January 1955.


  • We run, not only because we think it is doing us good, but … because it helps us to do other things better.

Sprinter Roger Bannister an UK doctor was first in running 100 meters in seconds crossing the barrier of 2digit no. to 1 digit no. (in seconds).

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