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Athletics: Four-minute mile Bannister reveals he has Parkinson's

Published on May 2, 2014 7:33 PM
 
Almost 60 years to the day since becoming the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, Roger Bannister, seen in this 2009 photo, has revealed he is suffering from Parkinson's disease. -- FILE PHOTO: PRUNEAU/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS 

LONDON (REUTERS) - Almost 60 years to the day since becoming the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, Roger Bannister has revealed he is suffering from Parkinson's disease.

The 85-year-old Briton said he had been suffering with the degenerative nervous disease for three years but only revealed it in a BBC radio interview marking the anniversary of his run in Oxford on May 6, 1954.

Bannister ran 3min 59.4sec on the Iffley Road track, now named after him, to break the four-minute barrier.

After a distinguished running career in which he also won a gold medal over one mile at the 1954 Commonwealth Games and the 1,500 metres at the European Championships in the same year, he became a neurologist.

 
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