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Roger Bannister, breaking the 4-minute mile (AP)

Roger Bannister, the first man to break the 4-minute-mile, has died

Roger Bannister - 1929 - 2018

Olympic Athlete, Neurologist, 1st man to break to break 4-minute mile

   British athlete Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, has died aged 88. Bannister was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011.

He was the first man to break the four-minute mile when he clocked three minutes 59.4 seconds at a sports ground in Oxford on May 6, 1954.

The Briton, who also set a British record on his way to the 1500m final at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, was helped by pacesetters Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher during his record-breaking run.

Australian John Landy surpassed Bannister's record just a month later with a time of 3:57.9.

Bannister also won gold at the Commonwealth Games later that year before retiring from athletics to pursue medical studies full-time. 

The current mile record was set by Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj, who set a time of 3:43.13 in Rome on July 7 1999.



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