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Encyclopedia > Four minute mile

The much vaunted and previously thought to be impossible 4 minute mile is an exceptional benchmark in the sport of running. It is a middle distance race of 1609.344 metres (1 mile). The goal for many rising distance runners is to run 400m in 60 seconds; this involves doing that four times over. Man Running - Edward Muybridge Horse Running - Edward Muybridge Running is by definition the fastest means for an animal to move on foot. ... The middle distances are races where the runner tries to go as fast as his training has let him. ... A mile is any of several units of distance, or, in physics terminology, of length. ...


On May 6, 1954, Englishman Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile in recorded history with a 3 minute 59.4 second. Just 6 weeks later, John Landy, an Australian, followed suit with a 3:58, breaking Bannister's record. John Walker managed to run at least 100 sub-four-minute miles during his career. The mile record as of 2002 is held by Hicham El Guerrouj, who set a time of 3 minutes 43.13 seconds in Rome in 1999. May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... 1954 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Official language None; English is de facto Capital London Capitals coordinates 51° 30 N, 0° 10 W Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831... Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister KBE (born March 23, 1929) is a former British athlete best known as the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes. ... John Michael Landy AC MBE, (born April 12, 1930) is a former track athlete and the 26th Governor of Victoria, Australia. ... John George Walker (born January 12, 1952) was a middle distance runner from New Zealand. ... El Guerrouj after winning his second medal in 5000 m, Athens 2004 Hicham El Guerrouj (born September 14, 1974, Berkane, Morocco) is a world record setting middle distance athlete and credited by some as the greatest middle-distance runner of all time as well as the King of the Mile...


The four minute mile (or just under a four minute mile) was deemed to be the physical limit of the human body with regards to the running speed of the human race in the 1940s. However, it is now the standard of all professional middle distance runners. Authorities of sports medicine have long speculated that a three minute mile is beyond the physical endurance of man, but that it may be possible with advances in genetic engineering. However, considering the world record in the 400m is 43.18 seconds, held by Michael Johnson, and a 3 minute mile would take just under 45 seconds per 400 meters, it is likely impossible. Human anatomy or anthropotomy is a special field within anatomy. ... Binomial name Homo sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Subspecies Homo sapiens idaltu (extinct) Homo sapiens sapiens Human beings define themselves in biological, social, and spiritual terms. ... Sports medicine or sport medicine is an interdisciplinary subspecialty of medicine which deals with the treatment and preventive care of athletes, both amateur and professional. ... An iconic image of genetic engineering; this 1986 autoluminograph of a glowing transgenic tobacco plant bearing the luciferase gene of fireflys strikingly demonstrates the power and potential of genetic manipulation. ... There have been several well-known people named Michael Johnson, including: Michael Johnson (athlete) Michael Johnson (politician) Michael Johnson (singer) Michael Johnson (Montana) Michael Johnson (North Bendian) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


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