Roger Bannister

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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).