FOX11 - 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.