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The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2005

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On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister, a British medical student who squeezed in track workouts between hospital rounds, became the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes. It was a feat that had widely been thought impossible, but within seven weeks an even faster time was posted by the Australian John Landy, setting up a showdown later that year in a race that was billed as the "Mile of the Century." In masterly fashion, Bascomb re-creates the battle of the milers, embellishing his account with fascinating forays into runner's lore. (In the seventeenth century, athletes had their spleens excised to boost speed; in the nineteenth, they were advised to rest in bed at noon naked.) It's a mark of Bascomb's skill that, although the outcome of the race is well known, he keeps us in suspense, rendering in graphic detail the runners' agony down the final stretch.
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  • Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint edition (April 6, 2005)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 344 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0618562095
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0618562091
  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
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