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Roger Bannister Signed: "The Four Minute Mile"
Roger Gilbert Bannister born March 23, 1929, in Harrow, Middlesex, England. Bannister is considered the first man in history to run a mile in less than four minutes, a feat that was considered impossible in 1954.
While a student at the University of Oxford and at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, London, Bannister, a competitive runner, broke the four-minute barrier with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds in a dual meet at Oxford on May 6, 1954. Breaking the world record, held for nine years by Gunder Hagg of Sweden, was almost incidental to his successful defiance of the "psychological" barrier, the general belief in the impossibility of running a mile in less than four minutes. Bannister is said to have achieved this through scientific training methods and thorough research into the mechanics of running. He recounts his experiences in this book The Four Minute Mile (1955).
This special leather-bound edition was produced in extremely limited numbers to commemorate Roger Bannister's historic achievement of being the first human to run a mile in under four minutes. This volume features gold-embossed red leather covers with a raised spine, cloth endpapers, and an attached silk ribbon bookmark. This book has become extremely rare (especially in uncirculated condition) and has become a highly sought-after item by collectors of sports history.
A truly inspirational book, Tony Robbins has used the story of Roger Bannister in his seminars regularly to explain how we as humans can break through mental barriers when we realize that those barriers are just that, mental barriers as evidenced by the many runners that broke the seemingly impossible four minute barrier soon after Bannister proved it's possibility.
This book has been wonderfully signed " Roger Bannister " in blue ballpoint pen, and in Roger Bannister's own hand. A certificate of authenticity signed by the author, the publisher, and a witness is included along with our authentication by third party experts from the top authenticators in the country. Notarized certificates of authenticity are included in a black leather portfolio. Copies of the original authentications are kept on file with Billionaire Collectibles and can be retrieved by the original purchaser.
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