|Gwen Niksic, a major account manager from Chicago, IL
||Chris Horton, a data administrator from Manville, RI
||Philip Tiu, an educator from Atlanta, GA (3-day total: $96,598)
Well, you live by the sword and die by the sword. Philip went for a $5,000 True Daily Double late and didn’t get this one! He did what he had to, though!
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: GREAT BRITONS
Final Jeopardy! clue: A pair of shoes that he wore when making history in 1954 sold at auction in 2015 for more than $400,000
Who is Roger Bannister? (Gwen said Barrister)
Chris 4400 + 4400 = 8800
Gwen 15000 – 1000 = 14000
LONDON — The running shoes worn by Roger Bannister when he broke the 4-minute mile have been sold at auction for more than $540,000.
Christie’s auction house said the lightweight leather spikes worn by Bannister when he set the milestone in 1954 went to an anonymous buyer for £266,500 ($546,456).
The price was dramatically higher than expected: Christie’s said the shoes were expected to fetch between £30,000 ($61,000) and £50,000 pounds ($10,000).
Bannister, a medical student at the time, became the first runner to break the fabled 4-minute barrier when he achieved 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds on May 6, 1954, at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford. It was a record that many had thought humanly impossible at the time.
He has said the shoes were his “last tangible link” to the milestone.
The shoes, made by GT Law and Son, had long, thin spikes and weighed 128 grams, much lighter than other shoes at the time.
(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)
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