First man to run a mile in less than four minutes dies

Roger Bannister, the first runner to complete a mile in less than four minutes has died.

Bannister became famous for running a mile in three minutes 59.4 seconds on May 6,1954- a feat previously thought impossible.

His accomplishment in speed and endurance is regarded as one of the defining sports moments of the 20th century.

Then Bannister shocked the world when , at the height of his athletic career, he retired from competitive running later that year, to concentrate on medicine.

After a long career as a neurologist, both in research and clinical practice, Bannister, who was knighted in 1975, died yesterday in Oxford.

A family statement says that Bannister was surrounded by family when he passed away at the age of 88.

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