Sunday, March 4, 2018

Rest in peace, Sir Roger Bannister

Kimbia athletics would like to extend its sympathies to the family, friends and all those lucky enough to know Sir Roger Bannister, who has passed away at the age of 88.

Bannister was one of the most beloved athletes ever to grace a track with his presence, and will forever be immortalized by his achievement in becoming the first man in history to break the four-minute-mile. Despite juggling his work as a full-time junior doctor, Bannister broke through a barrier many had believed was impossible at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, a story we were honored to help document in recent years in the film Bannister: Everest on the Track.

In a moving tribute in Time Magazine, Nike founder Phil Knight recalled his trip to the Empire Games to watch Bannister’s unforgettable clash with John Landy.

After his racing career, Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist, working well into his eighties, and he every bit as accomplished in that field as he was on the track.

A statement from his family said: “Sir Roger Bannister died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them. He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”

As the great man said himself: “If there was the opportunity to climb a mountain, or to go ballooning, or some adventurous activity, I would always be keen to do it.”

His 88 years were testament to that, a life lived to its absolute peak, one which will be forever missed, never forgotten.

Below is a longer version of an interview with Phil Knight from Everest on the Track.

Phil Knight-Empire Games

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