Bannister-Landy – The Miracle Mile – August 7, 1954 – Past Daily Reference Room

Roger Bannister - John Landy - The two fastest runners in the world in 1954.
Roger BannisterJohn Landy – The two fastest runners in the world in 1954.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – CBC Radio – Call of the Miracle Mile Race – 1954 Commonwealth Games – August 7, 1954 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Sixty years ago it was billed as The Miracle Mile. The 1954 Commonwealth Games featured a showdown between the worlds two fastest runners – Roger Bannister and John Landy.

Bannister broke the worlds record of breaking the 4 minute mile earlier in 1954. The record lasted 46 days before that record was broken by John Landy in Finland on June 21st.

This race, on August 7, 1954 put the two record holders together for the first time.

The rest is history, as it was called by the CBC during those Commonwealth Games, held in Vancouver.

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