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Roger Bannister, first to run mile under 4 minutes, dies at 88

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Roger Bannister, first to run 4 minute mile, dies at 88Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes -- a test of speed and endurance that was one of the defining sports achievements of the 20th century -- died Saturday in Britain, his family confirmed. He was 88.

Bannister, who had Parkinson's disease since 2011, died in Oxford, where the runner achieved the feat in 1954.

He was "surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them," the family said in a statement. "He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends."

While studying medicine at Oxford, he took up athletics.

At the 1952 Summer Olympics, he finished fourth in the 1500-meter mile, setting a British record.

Two years later, on a windy afternoon in Oxford, Bannister clocked the mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds over four laps at the Iffley Road track on May 6, 1954 -- the equivalent of 15 mph. His Oxford team competed against Amateur Athletic Association.


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