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Sir Roger Bannister the first man to run a mile under 4 minutes has died aged 88

Sir Roger Bannister the first man to run a mile under 4 minutes has died at the age of 88, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011.

Bannister was born on March 23rd 1929 in Harrow, he was a bright man having been a student at University College in London and University of Oxford.

He started Athletics at the age of 17 and he was selected for an Olympics hopeful in 1948, he though declined the invite claiming he was not good enough.

His achievements in the world of Athletics will always be remembered, it was his sub 4 minute mile that will be forever ion people’s minds, his time was 3 minutes 59.4 seconds,

Interestingly the stadium announcer that broke the news that the 6ft 2ins Bannister had gone under 4 minutes was Norris McWhirter who was the guy that went in to co produce and edit the Guinness book of records.

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