Bringing The Mile Back to Track
By Todd Bookman, Only A Game
Track and field has a numbers problem. As in, there are just too many of them. The 60, 26.2, 4×8, 203, 5, 8, 10K…
Back in the 1950s, there was one number that mattered.
“I think there are only a handful of achievements like breaking four minutes for the first time, in any sport, that comes close to what Roger Bannister has done,” said Ryan Lamppa of Running USA, an advocacy group for the sport.
In 1954, doctors actually warned runners that breaking the four minute barrier could prove fatal. Bannister, of course, proved them wrong.
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