• The Race of the Century

  • The Battle to Break the Four-Minute Mile
  • By: Neal Bascomb
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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.

©2022 Neal Bascomb (P)2022 Scholastic Inc

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