Goals And Four Minute Miles

One of my vivid memories growing up was listening to the father of a childhood friend of mine describe how Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile—the first man to ever break it. He broke it on May 6, 1954 at Oxford in England. It was no mean achievement: breaking the four-minute mile was hotly debated and highly anticipated, and several people were trying—John Landy from Australia, Wes Santee from the US, and Roger Bannister from the UK. All three had come tantalizingly close during the previous year, but all three were stuck on 4:02, and none of them seemed to be able to break through those final two seconds.