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This day in Vancouver history: July 30, 1954

Former Governor-General Lord Alexander opens the Fifth British Empire Games at Empire Stadium. Twenty-four nations sent a total of 662 athletes for a major international sporting event held more than half a century before the 2010 Olympics.

The highlight was a footrace dubbed the "Miracle Mile" between Roger Bannister and John Landy, at the time the only two men in the world to run a mile in under four minutes.



Bannister won the race in a time of 3:58.8. A statue located outside the Pacific Coliseum commemorates the head-to-head finish.