International Athletics

Bannister battling Parkinson's

2014-05-02 09:37
Sir Roger Bannister (AP)
Cape Town - Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes, has revealed he has Parkinson's disease.

Bannister, 85, shocked the world when he ran a mile in 3:59:04 on May 6, 1954 - almost 60 years ago.

According to the BBC website, the former neurologist said: "I am having troubles with walking. Ironically, it's a neurological disorder - Parkinson's disease."

He was diagnosed with the condition three years ago.

Running a mile in four minutes translates to a speed of 24.14 km/h, or 2:29.13 per km, or 14.91 seconds per 100m.

The current world record for the mile was set in 1999 by Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj and stands at 3:43.13.

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