There was a terrific book written several years ago by Neal Bascomb entitled THE PERFECT MILE which told the story of three men who were attempting to break the four minute mile.
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Roger Bannister, John Landy, and Wes Santee were all in pursuit of the milestone at the same time. Bannister got the fame but eventually gave up competitive running for his medical studies. Santee came close but never quite got under the four minute mark.
It was Landy who, despite his loss to Bannister in their famous head-to-head match-up, continued to have a long and successful career as a distance runner.
And Landy's success opened the door for other the other world class and Olympic champion runners from "down under" who came later, such as Herb Elliott and Peter Snell.
A terrific book and well worth the read for those who enjoy the topic of competitive running.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Bannister...