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Roger Bannister

This historic event took place on 6 May 1954 during a meet between British AAA and Oxford University at Iffley Road Track in Oxford. It was watched by about 3,000 spectators. With winds up to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h) prior to the event, Bannister had said twice that he favoured not running, to conserve his energy and efforts to break the 4-minute barrier; he would try again at another meet. However, the winds dropped just before the race was scheduled to begin, and Bannister did run. Two other runners, Brasher and Chataway, provided pacing while completing the race. Both went on to establish their own track careers. The race[1] was broadcast live by BBC Radio and commented on by Harold Abrahams, of Chariots of Fire fame.

The stadium announcer for the race was Norris McWhirter, who went on to co-publish and co-edit the Guinness Book of Records. He excited the crowd by delaying the announcement of the time Bannister ran as long as possible:[2]

"Ladies and gentlemen, here is the result of event 9, the one mile: 1st, No. 41, R.G. Bannister, Amateur Athletic Association and formerly of Exeter and Merton Colleges, Oxford, with a time which is a new meeting and track record, and which - subject to ratification - will be a new English Native, British National, All-Comers, European, British Empire and World Record. The time was 3..."

The roar of the crowd drowned out the rest of the announcement. Bannister's time was 3 min 59.4 sec.

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In less than one hour, super athlete Jesse Owens tied or broke six world records. In 1935 and 1936, he tied the record in the 100 yard dash, and broke records in the long jump, 220 meter low hurdles, 220 meters, and the 220 yard dash.

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The world record in the mile is a good deal faster than 4 minutes these days. The current record holder is Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco, with a time of 3:43.13. The first man to run a mile in under four minutes was Roger Bannister from the UK, who ran 3:59.4 in 1954.

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At a Big Ten track meet in 1935, he set world records in long jump, 220 yard dash, and 220 yard hurdles and tied the world record in the 100 yard dash all within a time frame of about 45 minutes.

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the name of the athlete who set six world records in one hour was Mr. goat who's actually named billy goat he was made fun of his whole life but still was a great athlete....... and seriously his name was billy goat P.S. this is true

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In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens was the athlete who broke these world records. He won gold medals for the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and relay.

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Roger Bannister was the first person to break the the 4 minute record in a mile as a world record.

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Roger Bannister was the first, on May 6, 1954.

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