Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Mar 2018 12:23:18









THE sporting world lost a towering legend in the weekend with the passing away of Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to clock a sub-four-minute mile in 1954. Bannister’s feat was deservingly voted as one of the greatest moments of the century but more than the glory it acted as an inspiration for generations of athletes. The pioneering run, clocked at three minutes 59.4 seconds, rightly became benchmark of human endurance and trademark of excellence. Bannister was indeed a pioneer of a revolution of sorts in athletics. His mythical 4-minute mile was not a fluke which Bannister proved with another miracle mile the same year. With those two runs the Briton not only broke records but also some rigid mental barriers. Enormity of his task can be measured through the modest training facilities he had. As Sebastian Coe put it, “Bannister was indeed at the epicentre of indomitable nature of ambition and mankind.” Bannister’s greatness is not only upto the track but beyond it when he took on the scourge of doping. Adieu, Sir Roger! The sporting crusader.