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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1954
user
Bannister, Roger
maker
Tangeru-Umbro
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 29 in x 17 in; 73.66 cm x 43.18 cm
ID Number
1979.0614.01
accession number
1979.0614
catalog number
1979.0614.01
subject
Track and Field
Sports
Professional
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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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