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In Pictures: Remembering four-minute mile hero Sir Roger Bannister

On a windy afternoon in Oxford on May 6 1954, Bannister ran the distance in three minutes, 59.4 seconds – a feat many had thought humanly impossible.

Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the four-minute barrier for the mile, has died.

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Representing Oxford University during the Inter-Varsity mile event (PA)

The 88-year-old died peacefully on Saturday in Oxford.

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Roger Bannister changing his shoes during the AAA Championships at White City (PA)

On a windy afternoon in Oxford on May 6 1954, Bannister ran the distance in three minutes, 59.4 seconds – a feat many had thought humanly impossible.

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Sir Roger with his old running shoes on the 50th anniversary of the first sub-four-minute mile (Mark Lees/PA)
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With his two pace men Chris Chataway (centre) and Chris Brasher (Fiona Hanson/PA)
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Sir Roger holds the stop-watch that recorded his sporting feat (Mark Lees/PA)
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The Royal Mint released a 50p coin to honour Sir Roger's milestone (PA)
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Sir Roger received an honorary degree of Doctor of the University from Brunel University (Brunel University/PA)
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Sir Roger with children from Our Lady's school in Poplar, who were taking part in a charity running day in aid of Sport Relief (PA)
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Sir Roger Bannister was made a Companion of Honour by the Duke of Cambridge (PA)
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Outside Buckingham Palace with his family (PA)
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Sir Roger with the Commonwealth Games baton (PA)
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