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  • Bannister was the first . . . , but who was next?

    Who was the second runner to break 4 minutes at Iffley Road track in Oxford?

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    Re: Bannister was the first . . . , but who was next?

    I believe that would be Simon Mugglestone, UK's Euro Junior 5k champ in '87, who ran 3:58.9 in 1989 at an Oxford University Athletics club meet to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Bannister's run. Second place ran 3:59.4 exactly.

    I am fairly certain that Bannister's 3:59.4 stood as the Iffley Road track record until Mugglestone's run, but I don't know for sure if anyone ran 3:59.5 - 3:59.9 in the meantime.

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      Yeah, but who ran the first 4:00 mile?

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        >Yeah, but who ran the first 4:00 mile?

        that's been asked before, but right this minute, the name escapes me... it's a Brit, in 1957 I think.

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          It's STILL Derek Ibbotson!!!!

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            Not Mugglestone . . . some one we all know.

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            • #7
              Re: Bannister was the first . . . , but who was next?

              Got it!

              Craig Masback ran 3:59.6 at Iffley Rd on Jun 18th, 1978.

              Answer courtesy of: http://www.britishathletics.info/

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                I'll be darned!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Bannister was the first . . . , but who was next?

                  Derek Ibbotson in 1958. He lost the race to some upstart from Australia named Elliott...

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                    Re: Bannister was the first . . . , but who was next?

                    Ibbotson broke 4:00 in 1956 and three times in 1957, but not in 1958 and never at Iffley Rd.

                    The correct answer is Craig Masback...as I posted ten days ago. But G.Ahearne doesn't like it when people get his trivia questions right (see '4 WR in a day' thread) so he hasn't responded.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Bannister was the first . . . , but who was next?

                      Sprintstatman,

                      On the contrary, I enjoy it when someone gets a tough question. You not only answered it correctly and with confidence, but also provided a definitive reference for your answer. To me, the latter sealed the matter. Well done.

                      p.s. was it in '78 or '79?

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