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Roger Bannister breaks 4 minute mile barrier 1954

This truly iconic print perfectly captures the historic moment when Sir Roger Bannister achieved Athletics’ “Holy Grail” by becoming the first to run a mile in under 4 minutes – a feat he achieved at Iffley Road in 1954 running 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. The superb image composition – Roger Bannister breaking the tape having given everything, the timekeeper with his stopwatch and the old-style cinder track combine with the magnitude of the moment itself to make this one of the great sporting images of all time.

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Roger Bannister about to cross the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford in 1954. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. (Photo by Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images) Code: SPGHGGN009

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