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The four-minute mile : historical and cultural interpretations of a sporting barrier

Author: John Bale; P David Howe
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
Series: Sport in the global society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On 6th May 1954, in what is regarded as one of the key moments in the history of modern sport, Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes. Fifty years on, Bannister's status, not just as a champion athlete but also as a true British hero, a gentleman and an amateur from a 'golden era' in sport, retains its unblemished appeal." "Thoroughly researched, this book gives insights into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Roger Bannister; Roger Bannister
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Bale; P David Howe
ISBN: 0415400155 9780415400152
OCLC Number: 191902030
Description: 157 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: The idea of the record / Jim Parry --
Bannister's feat in austere times: The construction and reproduction of a sporting trope / Alan Tomlinson --
How much of a hero? The fractured image of Roger Bannister / John Bale --
Roger Bannister's American image / Caroline Collins --
The four minute mythology: documenting drama on film and television / Garry Whannell --
Inhibiting progress: The record of the four-minute mile / Jim Denison --
Amphetamine and the four-minute mile / John Hoberman --
Training theory and why Roger Bannister was the first four-minute miler / Arnd Krüger --
Habitus, barriers and the (Ab)use of the science of interval training in the 1950s / P. David Howe.
Series Title: Sport in the global society.
Responsibility: edited by John Bale and P. David Howe.

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An exploration of Roger Bannister's legendary record-breaking run in 1954, asking why he among all his peers was the one to break the four-minute mile and what this achievement symbolized for 1950s  Read more...

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