span The fantastic memoir by Roger Bannister, the middle distance runner who achieved the epic quest to break the four minute mile...
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Rowman Auflage Anniversary 1 Juni 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||280 Seiten|
|File Size||:||686 KB|
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Four-Minute Mile Reviews
Bannister not only was the greatest runner of his time, he also was a incredibly thinking and balanced man. He was an amatuer because he understood running was only a means to a better life.
After a disappointing finish in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, in which he set a British record in the 1500 meters but placed fourth and did not win a medal, Roger Bannister returned to his native England with a single goal in mind—the four-minute mile. But this book is not about records and not about racing the clock. It’s a book about competition. Reading the story from Bannister’s perspective is refreshing. He focuses more on the talented athletes against whom he ran than he does the particular records he set or gut-wrenching workouts he endured while balancing his training against the demands of medical school. (In 1963, Bannister earned his medical degree from Oxford and became a neurologist.)The four-minute mile, the ‘Dream Mile’ to some, a seemingly insurmountable barrier fell on cool and windy day—May 6, 1954. With 3,000 people in attendance and the race broadcast live on BBC Radio, expectations were high. “The four-minute mile had become rather like an Everest,” Bannister writes in The Four-Minute Mile (1955). He was paced by friends and fellow Olympians Chataway and Brasher, whom he credits for their aid in the historic attempt. But just 46 days later on June 21, Bannister’s new record was broken by his rival, the Australian John Landy, setting up an epic showdown on August 7 at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. There, the only two men at the time to have broken the four-minute barrier faced off for the first time in a head-to-head foot race with Bannister inching past Landy in the last lap and solidifying Bannister’s legacy.“Records are the bare bones of athletics, like numbers to a mathematician,” Bannister writes. “Unless given a human touch they have no life, no appeal. Statisticians may juggle with them, some perhaps finding in their concentration on record figures a vicarious fulfillment of their own ambition. Like odds quoted on horses, times may tell you something of a man’s chance of winning, but they can tell you nothing of his style or his length of stride, nor can a javelin thrower’s distances tell you of his grace of throw. They can give you no conception of the joy there is in watching a champion athlete’s supreme integration of movement, his genius at harnessing efficiently power that is partly inborn and partly ingrained by years of training. It is this human touch which makes the difference between the lasting excitement of men running and the temporary thrill of speedway or motor racing.”In 1975 Bannister was knighted.
A great book for runners, particularly serious experienced runners. Over last ten years with 29 marathons completed, Roger Bannister helped me clearly realize many sutleties, nuances of many aspects. His main rival, John Landy was stronger runner but his mental will with his intelligent analysis made the difference. His honest yet intelligent analytical capacity is so superb. Incredibly, self made runner! Running is truly nothing but experience that matters most. Consider, why 66% oxygen for ATP matters? Or running form really matters most to you? This is the indispensable book for all athletes. Truly remarkable human being!
It is amazing how vivid it all came back to me, since I was about 8 years old and the name Bannister became passed around. What is exceptional about this account, is how chosen pivotal athletes seem to be in their respective sports, so that when we read their stories there is much to be mined. After reading this offhand, medical student's on-the-run account of those heady days, I am even more convinced how special he was to the sport and the discipline of life. Like Ray Berry, Johnny Unitas's wide receiver on the Baltimore Colts in the late fifties, Bannister possessed an incredible self-awareness and keen analytical skills that pre-date the modern athlete. Outsiders only see the athlete, but inside is the scientific mind at work, attempting the impossible feat of cheating nature and man's limitations. It was apparent to this reader early on, that Roger Bannister was about to make larger contributions in the medical field as well. It was also gleaned how foolhardy Steve Prefontaine was in his training habits by letting his heart run free; Bannister explains how the body had to be trained for higher performance, not just willed. Bannister's philosophy about running appears clinical, serving notice to all, that the pathway to a widened life is unrestricted if one leads an examined life.
He wrote well. Brings back my boyhood.