Roger Bannister’s shoes from 4 minute Mile set for auction
Bannister said part of the proceeds from the shoes auction will go to a charity that encourages neurological research, according to the auction company.
By Nick Zacardi, NBC Olympic Talk
The shoes Sir Roger Bannister wore when he ran the first sub-4 minute Mile will be auctioned September 10 in Great Britain.
The 1952 British Olympian wore shoes that weighed 4 1/2 ounces when he clocked 3:59.4 at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford on May 6, 1954, according to the auction company’s website.
“I could see there was an advantage in having the shoe as light as possible,” Bannister said, according to the website. “The leather is extremely thin, and the spikes are unusually thin, as I used a grindstone to make them even thinner. These shoes are the last tangible link I have with the 4 minute Mile.”
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