Quote Of The Day
“[Roger Bannister’s] great feat – being the first to run a mile in under four minutes – was of a different order than, say, Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak or Wilt Chamberlain’s hundred-point night. Bannister was the most ordinary of athletes. He was a medical student at the time of his record run, in 1954. He trained during his lunch hour ….
Running was his hobby: he barely pursued it past his graduation because, presumably, he had better things to do with his time. The claim that typically accompanies a feat of athletic genius – that it may never be equalled – was never said of Bannister’s four-minute mile. The point of his race was exactly the opposite. The four-minute barrier had daunted runners for generations, but Bannister intended to break through it so that others might follow. And they did.”
– Excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell‘s obituary of Roger Bannister in The New Yorker that has a LetsRun.com message board mention.
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