pegleg wrote: Why does Bannister continue to get so much praise and attention for running a sub-4 minute mile...
Maybe he does, but then again, he did lop two whole seconds off the world record. Forgetting about the "barrier", that is pretty good going.
All of the world records from 1954 are pretty mediocre now; but that isn't the point, is it? They're memorable when they happen. 4 laps in four minutes was the attraction. Try one lap in one minute next time you're at a track.
Everybody knows about Paavo Nurmi and Jesse Owens and Emil Zatopek, even though club athletes (maybe not in JC's case) or even women can beat their performances.
But for one day, or one period, they were top dog, head honcho, main man, king-o-the-hill, etc., etc., a la "Airplane".