Roger Bannister, first to run mile in under 4 minutes, dies

Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile, has died. He was 88.   

Bannister's family said in a statement that he died peacefully on Saturday in Oxford.  

On a windy late afternoon in Oxford on May 6, 1954, Bannister ran four laps on a cinder track in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds to crack the mythical 4-minute mile _ a feat many had thought humanly impossible.  

A few months later in 1954, Bannister beat Australian rival John Landy in the ``Miracle Mile'' or ``Mile of the Century'' at the Empire Games in Vancouver, British Columbia as both men ran under 4 minutes.   

Bannister then gave up running to pursue a long and distinguished medical career.