For women, no athlete has broken the 4-minute mile.
Bannister Decided To Change Things He discovered he had a talent for running and knuckled down to train.
It took three men to make that historic record.
In 1975 he was knighted, and 10 years later returned to Oxford as master of Pembroke College, where he served until his retirement in 1993.
His running time kept getting better and better too.
In the 1940s, the record for running a mile had reached 4:01.