The first ever sub 4 minute mile was in 1954 by Roger Bannister.
That physical and mental barrier had stood for over 70 years, despite many attempts. Like an unconquerable mountain, the closer it was approached, the more daunting it seemed.
His 3:59.4 has since been broken by over 1400 athletes, and is now the standard of professional middle distance running.
When Bannister broke the mark, even his most ardent rivals breathed a sigh of relief. At last,
somebody did it! And once they saw it could be done, they did it too. Just 46 days later, John Landy not only broke the barrier again, with a 3 minutes 58. Then, just a year later, three runners broke the four-minute barrier in a single race. Over the last half century, more than a thousand runners have conquered a barrier once considered hopelessly out of reach.
Roger is recognised as one of the great athletes of the past century, as an innovator, a change agent, and an icon of success. When the 'lone wolf', an academic who shunned traditional coaching methods taught us all what it takes to break new ground.
This 1.6km barrier was truly the Holy Grail of athletic achievement. Now it’s time for you to see what you can do over the same distance with the Under Armour All Out Mile.
Set your personal benchmark 1600m time on the 30th of August, then spend the month of September working to improve it with our professional training plans and tips. Come the 4th of October we’ll see how much time you can shave off your mile time.
The current men's world record for one mile is 3:43.13, set by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in 1999. The current women's world record is 4:12.33 by Olympic sensation Sifan Hassan, set on July 12, 2019.
Perhaps you could break 5, 6, 7 or 8 minutes - if you simply believed it possible.
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