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Sir Roger Bannister,
the first man to run a mile in under
four minutes, has died
at the age of 88.
He set the record on a track
in Oxford, in 1954, later winning
gold at that year's Commonwealth
After retiring from athletics,
Sir Roger became a distinguished
doctor and neurologist.
His family said Sir Roger died
peacefully in his sleep.
Joe Wilson looks back at his life.
25-year-old Roger Bannister,
third from the left...
There are some moments of sporting
history which become part
of the world's history.
He's decided that this
is the right moment...
What Roger Bannister achieved
in 1954 was like a lunar landing
for 20th-century sport.
Bannister's old friend and rival
Chris Chataway is in third place,
waiting his time to take
over as pacer.
To run a mile and stop the clock
before it reached four minutes.
In 1954, this was a magical number,
a barrier of human achievement,
a feat that would redefine
what was humanly possible and it
would fall to a young medical
student to achieve it.
Brasher gives way to Chataway.
Bannister, a superb tactician,
has suffered some criticism
in the past for adopting his own
rather unorthodox training methods,
but they are paying dividends now.
At this point, it
becomes quite painful.
I overtake Chris Chataway
and begin the finish.
And here he comes, Bannister
goes streaking forward
with about 250 yards to the tapes.
Every stride counted -
the tape broke at three
minutes 59.4 seconds.
And Bannister has done it,
though he is out on his feet.
His coach and team manager tell him
he has achieved his ambition.
There was certainly a feeling of it
being a national event,
something of a landmark
for the country.
It might have felt like the world
stopped when that clock stopped.
The four-minute mile was a sporting
catchphrase everyone recognised.
All I can say is that I'm absolutely
overwhelmed and delighted.
It was a great surprise to me
to be able to do it today
and I think I was very lucky.
Sir Roger Bannister
was knighted in 1975.
Athletics was only
a small part of his life.
He regarded his work as
a neurologist as more significant.
When he was diagnosed
with Parkinson's disease,
he described the gentle irony that
a neurologist should find himself
with a neurological condition.
Training for Roger Bannister
in athletics had been half an hour
a day on a cinder track.
The world's first four-minute
miler was also perhaps
sport's last great amateur.
Sir Roger Bannister who has
died at the age of 88.
Let us talk more about his life.
And we're hearing moving
tributes to Roger Bannister.
Andy Moore is here.
An extraordinary achievement, but
also an extraordinary life.
right. The tributes to Sir Roger
have been led by the Prime Minister
who said he was a great British
sporting icon whose achievements for
an inspiration to us all, he will be
greatly missed. Sebastian Coe said,
this is a day of intense sadness for
our nation and all of us in
athletics. There is not a single
athlete of my generation who was not
inspired by Sir Roger. From Roger
black, he said, wonderful, always
around athletics, always this iconic
figure. Lots of touching tributes
from members of the public, some
words keep cropping up, legend,
gentlemen, a source of inspiration.
From his family, he died surrounded
by his family, loved by them, they
went on to say, he banked his
treasure in the hearts of his
Thank you very much indeed.
Ireland's Foreign Minister has
suggested that the EU is likely
to reject Theresa May's plan to keep
a soft border between
Northern Ireland and
the Republic after Brexit.
Mrs May says the UK will leave
the single market and customs union
but insists there will be no return
to barriers and checks
on the border.
Here's our political
correspondent, Suzana Mendonca.
It's 310 miles long,
30,000 people cross it every day,
and more than £1 billion a week
is done in trade across
the border between the UK
and the Republic of Ireland.
When Britain leaves
the European Union, this
currently invisible border
will become its frontier
with the EU and all sides
want to keep it invisible.
The question is how,
considering Britain doesn't
want to stay in the single market
or customs union.
We are committed, the Irish
government, all the parties
in Northern Ireland,
to making sure there
is no hard border.
The Prime Minister says a soft
border could be kept intact
through the use of technology and no
new trade restrictions
on smaller businesses,
but in its first in-depth response
to her plan, the Republic
of Ireland has cast doubt
on whether the EU would go for it.
I'm not sure that the European Union
will be able to support
a situation whereby 80% of companies
that trade North-South
and South-North would actually
protect the integrity
of the EU single market.
That Irish leader met the Prime
Minister last year to discuss
solutions to the Irish border
question which has been a sticking
point in the Brexit negotiations.
The EU wants Northern Ireland in a
customs union while the DUP and the
UK Government do not. Mrs May says
her speech moves the issue forward.
It sets out some ways particularly
on the issue of customs across the
border in which we can resolve that
and I am pleased to say that
Taoiseach has agreed the UK and
Irish governments and the commission
can look down in more detail at the
proposals we have put forward.
future of financial services is
another crucial area for the UK
economy and the Prime Minister has
made clear the City could lose some
access to European markets. She
knows the deal Britain is after in
this and other sectors is a vast
departure from the kinds of trade
deals that EU has done before.
very broad, so it is covering issues
like industrial goods, cars, but
also financial services, energy,
transport, science, agriculture,
Tomorrow we will get a
clearer idea of what the EU thinks
when it responds to Mrs May's plans.
Large number of people are reported
to be fleeing the Syrian region
of Eastern Ghouta as government
forces continue a ground
assault against the last
remaining rebels there.
There are suggestions rebels
in some areas may be
negotiating a surrender.
The UN has cancelled
plans to deliver aid
to civilians in the area today.
Around 40 trucks had
been due to go in.
Voting is under way
in Italy's general election,
following a divisive
campaign dominated by immigration.
The centre-left government is facing
a stiff challenge from both
a right-wing coalition
and the populist Five Star Movement,
which could emerge
as the largest party.
An independent report
given to the board of
the construction giant,
Carillion, four months before it
collapsed has now been published.
It said the firm had been
to make its balance sheet look
better than it was.
The document has been published
by two Commons committees
which are examining why Carillion
went out of business in January
with debts of almost £1 billion.
Work is continuing to clear snow
from roads and railway lines
after days of disruption.
15 flood warnings are still
in place in the south west
and north east of England.
Andy Gill is at Scotch Corner
on the A1 in North Yorkshire.
What is the latest?
The snow is
still continuing to fall, as you can
see. This is the main A66 linking
Scotch Corner to Cumbria. It had
been closed for five days because of
the snow but in the last couple of
hours, it has reopened. The Highways
Agency has said crews worked hard to
clear the snow. Driving conditions
still very poor, not just because of
the snow, but because of fog. The
weather affecting trans-Pennine
railway routes too. No trains
between Newcastle and Carlisle, the
Leeds to Carlisle rail route also
affected. So far as the Maine coast
links between England and Scotland
go, the East Coast Main Line did get
trains running again yesterday, but
no trains on the west Coast line
today. There is a replacement bus
service. Rail companies across the
UK so the weather has been so bad
they are making cancellations and
delays throughout the country and
that will continue to be the case
tomorrow. You should check before
you try to make any rail journeys. A
number of minor roads in rural and
hilly areas in England, Wales and
Scotland still completely blocked by
snow drifts as well. There is a thaw
on the way but tomorrow's rush-hour,
because of power cuts as well, it is
unlikely to be anything like normal.
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