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Sir Roger Bannister Considered Retirement Before Four Minute Mile

July 04, 2012

Sir Roger Bannister has revealed how his fourth place at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics changed sporting history.

By The British Broadcasting Corporation

He planned to retire if he won gold at the Games - and would not have gone on to run the first sub-four minute Mile.

The 83-year-old told BBC Radio 5 live Sport , in an interview to be broadcast on 4 July: "I had to decide whether I would retire, which I would have done had I won the Olympic gold.

"Or I could carry on to the European games so decided on that and I then had the prospect of the four minute Mile."

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