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Subject: Sir Roger Bannister 1929-2018, first to run the mile under 4 minutes

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Date Posted: Sunday, March 04, 04:28:24am

One of the most famous names in sporting history, Roger Bannister has died aged 88. He was the first to run the mile under 4 minutes.

Roger Bannister, who has died at the age of 88, was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.
Sir Roger, who was knighted in 1975, had been suffering from Parkinson's disease since 2011.
The record time in Oxford established him as one of the great names of British athletics.
In an age of the gentleman amateur, Bannister saw his running as something to be done in his spare time.
He once wrote that the ideal athlete was one who enjoyed a few drinks and even the odd cigarette.
Roger Gilbert Bannister was born on 23 March 1929 in Harrow, Middlesex.
After leaving University College School in London, he went to Oxford to read medicine before going on to St Mary's Medical College.
Bannister used his medical knowledge to devise his own training regime and investigate the mechanical aspects of running.

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His milestone record lasted for 46 days. (NT)egee33Sunday, March 04, 07:20:44am

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