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Track Singlet, worn by Roger Bannister

Track Singlet, worn by Roger Bannister

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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.
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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
Credit Line
Sir Roger Bannister
Track and Field
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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