42+ Roger Bannister Four Minute Mile Pictures. Within a year after he did it, so did 24 others. He retired from athletics the same year and went on to be a leading neurologist.
He retired from competition after graduation and went on to pursue a distinguished career as a neurologist. But bannister's story is inextricably linked with an australian, john landy, the second man to run the mile in under four minutes. Roger bannister made headlines around the world at 25 when he ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.
Then some more runners did.
The feat is seen as one of the most important ever in sporting history. Then some more runners did. It was first achieved in 1954 by roger bannister, at age 25, in 3:59.4. Within a year after he did it, so did 24 others.