Track Singlet, worn by Roger Bannister

Description (Brief)
Track singlet worn by Englishman Roger Bannister (b. 1931) at the 1954 Commonwealth Games, Vancouver, Canada. Bannister won the Gold Medal for the one-mile event, beating Australian John Landy. At the time, the two competitors were the only runners to have completed a mile race in under four minutes.
Earlier that summer, Bannister first broke the four minute mile mark with a time of 3:59.4.The accomplishment made international headlines, exposing the effectiveness of Bannister's training techniques. Six weeks later, Landry also completed a mile in under four minutes, breaking Bannister's time by over a second (3:57.9.)
Bannister barely beat Landry in the highly anticipated Commonwealth Games race, Bannister finishing at 3:58.8, Landy at 3:59.6.
Currently not on view
Object Name
jersey, track
track jersey
track singlet
singlet, track
date made
ca 1954
Bannister, Roger
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
overall: 29 in x 17 in; 73.66 cm x 43.18 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Track and Field
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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