Who was the first British woman to run a mile in under five minutes?

DIANE LEATHER 1933 – 2018

1954 is renowned as the year in which Roger Bannister broke the record for running the mile in under four minutes.

But only a few weeks later the women’s record for the mile was also smashed.

At the Amateur Athletics Association Midlands Women’s Championships on May 29th,

Diane Leather ran the mile in 4 minutes 59.6 seconds.

The following year she knocked several more seconds off her time setting a new record of 4:45.

Today the fastest run one mile by a female athlete is 4 minutes 12.33 seconds, achieved by Sifan Hassan (Netherlands, b. Ethiopia) at an IAAF Diamond League meeting at Stade Louis II, Monaco, on 12 July 2019. Hassan broke Svetlana Masterkova’s record of 4:12.56, which had stood for almost 23 years.

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