Race of the Century, The: The Battle to Break the Four-Minute Mile

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There was a time when running the mile in four minutes was believed to be beyond the limits of human foot speed. In 1952, after
suffering defeat at the Helsinki Olympics, three world-class runners each set out to break this barrier: Roger Bannister was a
young English medical student who epitomized the ideal of the amateur; John Landy the privileged son of a genteel Australian
family; and Wes Santee the swaggering American, a Kansas farm boy and natural athlete.
Spanning three continents and defying the odds, these athletes' collective quest captivated the world. Neal Bascomb's bestselling
adult account adapted for young adults delivers a breathtaking story of unlikely heroes and leaves us with a lasting portrait of the
twilight years of the golden age of sport.


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