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25 Interesting Historical Photos – Part 126

Comments (7)
  1. Kymm says:

    Another good collection!

  2. Michael Borish says:

    # 9 – Roger Bannister did not break the 4-minute mile barrier at the Helsinki Olympics. This famous photograph of Bannister running the first sub-4-minute mile was taken at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England during a meet between the British AAA and Oxford University on May 6, 1954. In 1948, Bannister, as the 19-year-old President of Oxford University’s Athletic Club, launched a campaign to replace the deteriorated Iffley Road Track, and the renovations were completed in 1950. The Helsinki Olympics were in 1952 and on July 26, 1952, Bannister finished 4th in the 1500 meter final (not a mile event) and although he did not win a medal, he set a British record with his time. Please see the Wikipedia articles on Roger Bannister and the Iffley Road track: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Bannister and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Bannister_running_track

  3. Rope says:

    #9 Roger Bannister…. Erreta. He did it at Oxford in 1954. The Olympics were in Helsinki in 1952, he came 4th in the 1500 metres.

  4. JON THOMSEN says:

    1952 Helsinki Olympics

  5. Jim says:

    #12 It’s difficult to see if Paul is wearing shoes.

  6. Slight mistake folks.
    Roger Bannister did not break the 4 minute mile in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He set a British record at the Helsinki Olympics. The record was broken at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England in May 6th 1954.
    But I love the historical photo collections !!

  7. Michael Borish says:

    # 9 – This is the video of the entire race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTXoTnp_5sI Notice the two “rabbits” setting the pace, the large crowd (probably due to the announcement that Bannister would try to break the barrier), and the people applauding his effort during the last 300 yards of the race.

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