Hear the voices of Olympic Track Greats, including Jesse Owens, winner of 4 Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; Josy Barthel, a Luxembougish runner who won the men's 1500 meters at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics; and Roger Bannister, an English athlete best known for breaking the four-minute mile.
Sir Roger Bannister, born on March 23, 1929, is an English former athlete best known for being the first to run the mile in less than four minutes, remarkably while practicing as a junior doctor. This was achieved on May 6, 1954, at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. The resulting time was 3 min. 59.4 sec. Retiring from running shortly after, Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and an important contributor to research into the human nervous system.