Roger Bannister, first to run sub 4-minute mile, dies at 88

  • In tis file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, former British athlete Roger Bannister poses for a picture during the launch of the Westminster Mile run, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Bannister’s record of being the first man to run a sub-four minute mile in May 1954, at Paddington Recreation Ground in London. A statement released Sunday March 4, 2018, on behalf of Bannister’s family said Sir Roger Bannister died peacefully in Oxford on March 3, aged 88. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • In this May 6, 1954 file photo, Britain’s Roger Bannister hits the tape to break the four-minute mile in Oxford, England. A statement released Sunday March 4, 2018, on behalf of Bannister’s family said Sir Roger Bannister died peacefully in Oxford on March 3, aged 88. (AP Photo/File)

  • In this photo taken Monday, April 28, 2014, Roger Bannister, who as a young man was the first person to break the 4-minute barrier for the mile run in 1954, poses during an interview with The Associated Press at his home in Oxford, England. A statement released on behalf of Bannister’s family said Sir Roger Bannister died peacefully in Oxford on March 3 2018, aged 88. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, FILE)

LONDON — It was a typical British afternoon in early May: wet, cool and blustery. Not exactly the ideal conditions for running four laps around a track faster than many thought humanly possible.

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