Sunday, May 9, 2010

Four-minute mile

In athletics, the four-minute mile is the running of a mile (exactly 1,609.344 meters, 5280 feet) in less than four minutes. For many years, the scientific and athletic communities thought that it was impossible to run a four-minute mile. It was first achieved in 1954 by Roger Bannister in 3'59.4". The 'four minute barrier' has since been broken by many male athletes, and is now the standard of all professional middle distance runners. In the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds.

Running a mile in under 4 minutes had been impossible to everyone in the past, until Roger Bannister did it in 1954. After his amazing feat, the mile had been ran under 4 minutes countless times. The role he played in all this was great, it made people overcome their mental barriers and pushed their performances up a notch.

The 1st rewind is done and dusted, now many more will follow. It had always been like that, from the days of toss cupie to full up and now to rewind - more will follow.

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle--when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."

Roger Bannister

P.S: I think this is a very inspiring quote - If you trained like your life depends on it, you can be sure you will succeed; it doesn't matter who you are.

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