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May 6, 1954 was a cold and windy day in Oxford, England. It was far from ideal conditions for a race, but it was also the day Roger Banister broke a record. He wasn’t a professional athlete, but a medical student with a knack for running. He set out on a wet race track and completed a feat that no one before him had managed: the four-minute mile.
Perhaps more incredible than the first four-minute mile is the second. In June of that year, John Landy joined the club. Four additional runners managed the feat the following year. The trend continued until, in 2017, Reed Brown became the tenth high school student to run a mile in under four minutes.
The mile run isn’t the only record to be repeatedly broken over time. By Dr. D… Read MoreContinue Reading