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Bannister

Sir Roger (Gilbert). born 1929, British athlete and doctor: first man to run a mile in under four minutes (1954)
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It was at Iffley Road athletics track, Oxford University, the temperature a cool 54F and flags at right angles to their posts that Bannister ran the mile in 3min 59.
Yet tapping into his vast reserves of mental and physical strength, Bannister managed to come home in 3:59.
Bannister, who has died at the age of 88, managed the feat in a time of three minutes 59.
Bannister - a contemporary of Huddersfield athlete Derek Ibbotson - also won gold over the same distance at the 1954 Commonwealth Games.
Bannister, aided by Sir Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher as pacemakers, achieved a feat widely viewed at the time as impossible, by running three minutes 59.
Bannister glanced up again and saw the flag fluttering oh-so gently.
A statement from his family on Sunday 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.
Prosecutor Miranda Moore explained that Bannister died either as a result of strangulation, a drug overdose or maybe both.
Mr Bannister has been off school for the last six months; a terrible virus attacked his heart and made it not work properly anymore.
But despite his arthritis-hit mobility, keen golfer Bannister won the men's championship at his local club in 2006.
WARWICKSHIRE legend and cricket commentator Jack Bannister has died at the age of 85.