The late Sir Roger Bannister's 3:59.4 performance in 1954 changed everything!
By breaking the vaunted Sub 4 Minute Mile barrier, Sir Roger was able to, as Sebastian Coe put it, "Make the impossible possible!"
Now, 68 years later, there are close to 5,000 men who've followed Sir Roger's inspiration through that threshold, showing that breaking 4 minutes is still a challenging standard to acquire.
Below are tributes to Sir Roger from six of America's greatest Milers, men who no doubt were inspired by Bannister's barrier breaking performance.
Jim Ryun (3:51.1)
"A signed photo of Dr. Bannister graces our family living room wall as a reminder that those of us who followed him stand on his shoulders. He made the massive breakthrough that allowed us to imagine and dream of "What's possible now?". It's hard to appreciate the strength, both mental and physical, that it takes to be the first one to make the breakthrough.
At our Ryun running camps we explain that Dr. Bannister felt like we all do .We had those great accomplishments that were just snapshots of our lives, but that was just the beginning of our lives. He showed us all that we can also do other things successfully too."