it was fitting that the first man to break the four-minute mile 58
years ago was front and center in the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night
to watch the men’s 1,500 meters, known as the metric mile.
I never really left,” the 83-year-old Bannister told The Associated
Press after seeing Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi break away down the
stretch to take the Olympic gold medal, the one prize he never
Sitting with him on this special night was Sebastian
Coe, the former two-time Olympic champion in the 1,500 and head
organizer of the London Games.