On 6th May 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. He was the epitome of Britain’s disappearing scholar-athlete ideal.
The lunchtime-trained runner, immersed in his medical school studies, injected a booster shot into Britain’s flagging but still flickering morale. This documentary is as much an historical study of Britain’s search for something to erase the woes of the Second World War as it is a fresh look at the story of the quest for the first four-minute mile, previously deemed physically impossible. The story is told by Sir Roger himself, his rival John Landy, Seb Coe and the late Chris Chataway – Bannister’s friend and pacesetter – among many others.
History wonks and running buffs will vie for who loves this movie the most. „Everest on the Track“ is as much an historical study of Britain’s psychological, if not almost physical, need for something – anything – to erase the woes of World War II as it is a fresh look at the quest for the first sub-4:00 mile, the heretofore deemed physically impossible. Before the war, Britain had bloomed best in its Sporting Tradition, but the amateur accolades leading to Olympic accomplishments were blown off the podiums in the 1952 Helsinki Games. Roger Bannister was the epitome of that disappearing scholar-athlete ideal. Can the lunchtime-trained runner immersed in his medical school studies inject the booster shot into Britain’s flagging but still flickering morale?
Vorjahressieger Andreas Vojta (team2012.at) musste sich als Titelverteidiger heuer mit Rang 4 begnügen. 10km Meister Stephan Listabarth (DSG Volksbank Wien) lief in 4:22,20 auf Rang 14. Die „Sieger-Lok“ ging an Eliud Kiptoo Rutto in 4:09,92.