Bannister tears the tape in his record-breaking run of 1954.
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Record-breaking British athlete Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, has died aged 88, his family announced Sunday.Bannister gained global sporting glory on May 6, 1954, when he ran a mile (1.6 kilometers) in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds at the Iffley Road track in Oxford.Despite being famed for breaking the four-minute barrier, Bannister said he felt a greater sense of achievement winning gold at the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, beating his great rival Australian John Landy in a race later dubbed the "Miracle Mile".The current one-mile record has since 1999 been held by Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj with a time of 3:43.13 .But Bannister's achievement has continued to inspire athletics enthusiasts, with the shoes he wore to break the four-minute barrier selling for a record.
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