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Four minute mile
The much vaunted and previously thought to be impossible 4 minute mile is an exceptional benchmark in the sport of running. It is a middle distance race of 1609.344 metres (1 mile). The goal for many rising athletes is to run 400m in 60 seconds; this involves doing that four times over.
On May 6, 1954, Englishman Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile in recorded history. John Walker managed to run at least 100 sub-four-minute miles during his career. The mile record as of 2002 is held by Hicham El Guerrouj, who set a time of 3 minutes 43.13 seconds in Rome in 1999.
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