Roger Bannister first person to run a mile in under four minutes dies at 88, Running secondary to his medical studies at the University of Oxford
From the BBC March 4, 2018.
“Sir Roger Bannister: First person to run a mile in under four minutes dies at 88”
“His time of three minutes 59.4 seconds, set at Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford on 6 May 1954, stood as a record for just 46 days but his place in athletics history was assured.
Bannister also won gold over the same distance at the 1954 Commonwealth Games and later became a leading neurologist.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011.
A statement from his family said: “Sir Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them.
“He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”
IAAF president Lord Coe, who ran a mile world record of 3:47.33 in 1981, said: “This is a day of intense sadness both for our nation and for all of us in athletics.
“There is not a single athlete of my generation who was not inspired by Roger and his achievements both on and off the track.”
Bannister viewed running as something to be done in his spare time away from the demands of his medical studies at the University of Oxford, but that did not prevent him reaching the biggest stages in the sport.”