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Bannister and Beyond: The Mystique of the Four-Minute Mile by [Denison, Jim]

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"Denison’s sweep of miling history appropriately honors the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s feat and will inspire the next generation." -- —Craig Masback, 3:52 miler and CEO of USA Track and Field

This is an essential addition to the story not only of the mile, but of all self-mastery. -- —Kenny Moore, American marathoning star and former Sports Illustrated writer

Those who read Jim Denison’s well-written book will be well rewarded with information and entertainment in equal measure. -- Professor Peter Radford, Olympic bronze medalist 100m, 1960; former world-record holder 200m; past president of British Athletics

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People wondered whether it was the limit of human capability — could anyone possibly run a mile that fast? —John Landy

Everything came together for me that night: The track was perfect, the air was clear and fresh, I found my rhythm. —Don Bowden

Running is everything that we are. Our mental, spiritual, and physical sides all united. —Herb Elliott

Running well entails a degree of desensitization, and going through a process whereby you accept the pain that's necessary to run fast. — Jim Ryun

The feeling that you can run forever like an animal is very special. It gives you freedom, that: to be light, fast, and strong. —Pekka Vasala

The mile is the hardest to race because you have to be alert and conscious of ever-changing tactics. It's a true thinking man's race. In that regard, it calls for the complete runner. And add to that its mythical nature. It's simple and pure; almost magical. —John Walker

I had this 60-second rhythm in my head: 60, 60, 60. It was like a metronome; it became as natural a sound to me as my own breathing or my voice. —Eamonn Coghlan

Guys like Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard actually enjoyed the physical process of slugging it out toe-to-toe. It was something they regarded as a great challenge. And my feeling about racing was very similar. I relished the contest as an end in itself. —Sebastian Coe

Coe and Ovett ran so hard, and pushed the pace, they made the mile more like a sprint. That changed forever how athletes approached the mile. —Steve Cram

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  • File Size: 1487 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books (March 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SBO4WW
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