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

What is the record for running a mile, after death of Sir Roger Bannister?

Bannister was a legend of sportsmanship and athletic performance in running, most famous for running the first sub-four-minute mile at Iffley track in England, on May 6, 1954.

"He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends", they added, in a statement published by the Press Association news agency.

On a windy late afternoon in Oxford on May 6, 1954, Bannister ran four laps on a cinder track in three minutes 59.4 seconds to crack the mythical 4-minute mile - a feat many had thought humanly impossible.

Bannister went on to work in neurology after beating the mile record time in 1954.

Australian Landy led for most of the race but Bannister passed him on the final bend and won the race by almost a second, both men going under four minutes and Bannister running a career-best 3:58.8.

In 1954, Bannister retired from running to become a neurologist. He was knighted in 1975 for his service as the first Chairman of Britain's Sports Council, according to The Telegraph.

The 1952 Olympics were hard for Bannister as a 1,500m semifinals favoured runners with more endurance than him.

"It's wonderful that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have broken the 4-minute mile", Bannister said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2012.

The record breaker was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011.

He entered the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki as the United Kingdom record-holder in the mile, finishing a disappointing fourth in the 1,500-meter run.

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"Every athlete owes a great debt of gratitude to Sir Roger Bannister", Johnson told the BBC."He set up the idea for athletes of pushing the limits of human achievement, like (long jumper) Bob Beamon went on to do". "I'd like to see it as a metaphor not only for sport, but for life and seeking challenges". He was an inspiration to so many, being the first man to break the 4-minute mile.

Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj is the current mile record holder with a time of 3:43.13 in Rome on July 7, 1999.

I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about Roger Bannister.

"His achievement transcended sport, let alone athletics".

IAAF President Sebastian Coe said Banister's death represented a "day of intense sadness both for our nation and for all of us in athletics". "Those are real achievements".

Coe ran a mile in a world record 3 minutes, 47.33 seconds in 1981 between winning gold medals in the 1,500 metres at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.

Cram felt the next generation of athletes were just as inspired by Bannister's legacy.

Bannister returned to Oxford in 1985 to become Master of Pembroke College, a position he held until 1993.

Bannister married Moyra Jacobsson, an artist, in 1955.

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