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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 May, 2004, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
Bannister relives mile
Roger Bannister rings the original record bell 06 May 2004 at Oxford College during the mile race, to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations for his 4 minute mile record
Sir Roger held the same bell as the one used 50 years ago
A day of celebrations marked the 50th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister's first sub-four-minute mile on Thursday.

Sir Roger returned to Oxford University's Iffley Road sports ground, the scene of his 1954 triumph, for a restaging of the original meeting.

Watching from the stands was Australian John Landy, the second man in the world to break four minutes.

Sir Roger, now 75, also presented the Bannister Medal, for outstanding sporting and academic achievements.

Thursday's race, organised by the British Milers Club, saw Australian Craig Mottram win the mile race held to commemorate Bannister's historic run.

On the same Iffley Road venue where Bannister achieved his feat, Mottram scorched to a time of three minutes 56.64 seconds, a new track record.

Mo Farah, one of Britain's brightest hopes for the future, finished second in a time of 4:00.17 with John Mayock third in 4:01.23.

Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan was the winner of the women's race in a British Miler's club record time of 4:27.79.

Sir Roger used the original bell used in 1954 to signal the final lap.

In addition, a collection of memorabilia associated with the record-breaking run, including the watch used by Olympic gold medallist Harold Abrahams to time it, is going on show at Pembroke College.

Sir Roger was a 25-year-old medical student when he recorded a time of 3:59.4 for the mile on May 6 1954.

"I hope this acts as an inspiration to sportsmen and women everywhere to keep striving to achieve their best through personal effort alone," he said.

"It may seem incredible today that the world record at this classic distance could be set by an amateur athlete, in bad weather, on a university running track.

"The many great milers whom I hope will be able to join me on 6 May demonstrate the lifelong satisfaction that such achievements bring."




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