athletes who shaped running as a sport

Legend has it and records from the Greek Antiquity show that the Olympics were founded by Heracles, the son of Zeus. Written records show that the first game was held about 776 BC where Coroebus, a cook from Elis, won the 192 meters naked running competition making him the winner of the sole event. Nowadays, almost in all organized game competitions such as SEA Games, Olympics, school intramurals and other locally-organized festivities, running has always been present to complete the list of sports events.
These days, running and jogging are such popular sporting events that a number of athletes are vying for fame, fortune and title. There have been several people who helped shape the history of running as a sport. Englishmen Roger Bannister, the first ever to run a mile in less than four minutes, set the first record on May 6, 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford and witnessed by about 3,000 spectators. Being the inaugural recipient of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1955 and 1954 Sportsman of the Year and a distinguished neurologist who is highly acknowledged for his outstanding effort and major contribution in the field of academic medicine called autonomic failures, up until now, he continues to inspire runners. The feat of Bannister, however, will never be surpassed by any other athlete as Bannister will always hold the record to be the “first” and whoever comes next will only be called the second.