Roger Bannister - John Landy - Vancouver, B.C. Canada
N 49° 16.881 W 123° 02.621
10U E 496822 N 5458733
Quick Description: The first time 2 men broke the 4 minute mile in the same race.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 5/17/2008 6:56:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM3TT1
On August 7th, 1954 during the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, B.C. Roger Bannister and John Landy met for the first time for the 1 mile run. Both men had beaten the 4 minute mark previously. Bannister was the first man to break the 4 minute mile, this historic event took place on May 6, 1954 during a meet between British AAA and Oxford University at Iffley Road Track in Oxford. Landy was the current record holder of 3:58.0 that he had set on June 21, 1954, at an international meet in Finland. As 35,000 fans looked on, no one knew what would take place on that historic day. It would later be known as the "miracle mile." With only 90 yards to go, John Landy glanced over his left shoulder. At that instant, Bannister streaked by on Landy's right to win in a time of 3:58:8. Landy's second place finish of 3:59.6 marked the first time the 4 minute mile had been broken by two runners in the same race.
The bronze sculpture of the two men at this moment was created by Vancouver sculptor Jack Harman in 1967 from a photograph by Vancouver Sun photographer Charlie Warner and stood for many years at the entrance to Empire Stadium. After the stadium was demolished the sculpture was moved a short distance away to the Hastings and Renfrew entrance of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) fairgrounds.