Race of the Century, The: The Battle to Break the Four-Minute Mile

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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 bestselling adult account adapted for young readers delivers a breathtaking story of unlikely heroes and leaves us with a lasting portrait of the twilight years of the golden age of sport.
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Written by Neal Bascomb
ISBN 978-1-338-62846-3
Key Features Highly acclaimed author Neal Bascomb brings his peerless research and fast-paced narrative style to a young adult adaptation of one of his most successful adult books of all time, The Perfect Mile, an inspiring and moving story of three men racing to achieve the impossible -- the perfect four-minute mile.
Fiction / Nonfiction Nonfiction
Item # 862846
Imprint Scholastic FOCUS
Copyright 2022
Format Hardcover
Pages 256
Ages 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Lexile Level 1030L
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