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The man who broke
the four-minute mile -
Sir Roger Bannister
- has died.
Bannister goes streaking forward.
His achievement in 1954 gave him
a place in the record books -
and in athletics history.
I was 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.
We'll be hearing tributes
to Sir Roger from some of those
he inspired to compete.
'Where is the world' say
the people of Eastern Ghouta -
as the Syrian government advances
into the rebel-held area.
Still not enough detail
on how the Irish border
will work after Brexit -
the Irish government suggests
UK proposals may not
be enough for the EU.
Polls close in Italy,
after an election campaign
dominated by immigration.
And, I am in Hollywood,
on the Oscars red carpet,
where I will be reporting live
from the 90th Academy Awards.
Sir Roger Bannister -
the first man to run a mile
in under four minutes -
has died at the age of 88.
It was in 1954 that he made
athletics history as an amateur
runner on a track in Oxford a moment
that came to symbolise
After retiring from athletics
he became a distinguished
doctor and neurologist.
Today fellow athletes paid
tribute to a man who made
"the impossible possible"
while the Prime Minister described
him as a great British icon.
Joe Wilson looks back at his life.
Bannister, third from the left.
There are some moments of sporting
history which become part
of the world's history.
He's decided 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 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.
After two-and-a-half laps,
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.
It might have felt like the world
stopped when that clock stopped.
Four minute mile was a sporting
catch phrase everyone recognised.
All I can say 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.
There was certainly a feeling of it
being a national event,
and something of a landmark
for the country.
Sir Roger Bannister was a hugely
influential figure in sport.
Especially for those whose
athletics careers came after.
Middle-distance running became
a British tradition, a speciality.
Today, at the World Indoor Athletics
Championships in Birmingham,
two men who also hold the mile world
record talked about their mentor.
Roger was a great athlete.
He would tease Seb and I in later
years about had he been around
in our day and had better tracks
and better shoes and better training
methods he would have beaten us.
He was one of the cleverest people
I think I've ever met,
and he was, in equal measure,
modest as well.
He never really got what he did
and it wasn't a front.
This weekend, Laura Muir ran
the 1500 metres at the World Indoors
in true style, giving
everything for silver.
She studied medicine to become
a vet, and recognises her link
to Sir Roger Bannister.
I think he was very influential
and very sort of inspirational
to a lot of people, and to me,
that you can combine, you know,
academics and running.
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 Bannister was half
an hour a day on a cinder track.
The world's first sub four minute
miler was also perhaps
sport's last great amateur.
Sir Roger Bannister who has
died at the age of 88.
The Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad
has said that the offensive
on Eastern Ghouta must continue,
as his forces take parts of the area
back from rebel groups.
More than 600 civilians have
died in the fighting
and thousands have been fleeing.
The United Nations has been
trying get an aid convoy
into Eastern Ghouta but so far,
conditions have made
Our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen
sent this report from Damascus.
These people said their village
was moving because the
Syrian Army had arrived.
One man cursed the Russians and
Iranians, key allies of the regime.
Air strikes he said including banned
cluster bombs had not stopped.
TRANSLATION: It has been
four days, no fuel, no
bread, no food, no water.
Where is the world?
Where are human rights?
We are humans, not animals.
400,000 people live
in Eastern Ghouta, an area
of fields and small towns
about the size of Manchester.
Most of them are civilians who have
not been able to escape the war.
TRANSLATION: When the planes
shelled, I could not see
anything in front of me.
I did not wait for the ambulance,
I started running.
For people who don't get away
in time, the risk is death.
Syria's war creates rivers of tears.
And kills without
discrimination or hesitation.
Western countries and others have
condemned attacks that kill
and injure civilians.
The UN humanitarian chief called it
President Bashar Assad
said the condemnation
was a ridiculous lie.
Syria, he said, was
The air strikes have been
followed by ground troops
who are making rapid advances.
The strategy seems to be to cut
Eastern Ghouta in half.
Negotiations between the rebel
groups and the Russians have been
going on for quite some time.
It is not clear if the objective
is a ceasefire or the effective
surrender of the rebels.
The biggest rebel group says
it is regrouping after a retreat.
The fighting is still going on,
for the regime the prize is the end
of the last major rebel
enclave around Damascus.
For the rebels, these
are desperate moments.
Jeremy Bowen, BBC News, Damascus.
The Irish foreign minister has
suggested that Britain's proposals
for the Irish border after Brexit
may be rejected by the EU because it
will need to protect how
the single market works.
Simon Coveney said there was little
new detail on how to avoid a hard
border in the Prime Minister's
speech on Friday -
today Theresa May said all parties
were committed to avoiding one.
Here's our Political
Correspondent Eleanor Garnier.
It is more than 300 miles long.
Tens of thousands of
people cross it everyday.
And more than £1 billion is done
in trade between Northern Ireland
and the Republic every week.
But after Brexit, these roads
will be the new frontier
between the UK and EU.
The challenge, how to keep
this border invisible,
when Britain is outside the single
market and the customs union.
We are committed, the Irish
government is committed,
all the parties in Northern Ireland,
to making sure there
is no hard border.
The Prime Minister's plans
would mean 80% of companies
would face no new customs checks
and with new technology,
she believes a hard
border can be avoided.
But the Irish government
has its doubts.
I am not sure that the
European Union will be able
to support a situation whereby 80%
of companies that trade north
and south and south north
will actually protect the integrity
of the EU single market.
To sort out this most difficult
of Brexit conundrums,
multiple sides need to be won over
and the Prime Minister
has already made clear,
she will not accept the fallback
position in Brussels.
One that would see Northern Ireland
stick to the rules and
regulations of the EU.
Mrs May believes her latest
thinking is a step 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 the Taoiseach,
when I met him recently,
has agreed that the UK and Irish
governments and the Commission can
sit down and look in more
detail at the proposals
that we have put forward.
But others elsewhere
in the UK have their doubts.
I think one of the most shameful
features of the whole Brexit
process has been the way,
the negligent way in
which the interests of Ireland have
just been cast aside.
So, when I hear her talk
about technological solutions,
I guess there is nobody
who would disagree with
the objectives she is setting,
but she is talking at the moment
about technological solutions that
perhaps do not even exist.
The Irish border is a key sticking
point in the talks, but other
problems need solving, too.
This week we will get a better
idea of how convinced
Brussels is when the EU side
publishes its draft guidelines
for the next round of talks
about the shape of our future
the European Union.
It could give us a big sign as to
whether what the Prime Minister
is asking for is achievable.
Eleanor Garnier, BBC
Meanwhile Downing Street says
Theresa May spoke to President Trump
today to express her 'deep concern'
about his plans to
impose trade tariffs.
The President wants tariffs
on imported steel and aluminium
to protect American jobs.
But the plan has sparked
fears of a trade war
between the US, Europe and China.
In the last few minutes,
polling stations have closed
in Italy after an election campaign
dominated by concerns
about immigration and the economy.
Both right-wing parties and the anti
establishment Five Star movement
have been predicted to make gains.
We'll be live in Rome
with our Europe Editor
Katya Adler in a moment -
but first here's her
report from Naples.
In polling stations across Italy
today there was a sense of
uncertainty. Voters told us they
wanted change, but were not sure
which political party to trust.
TRANSLATION: Italians are
frustrated, but the politicians need
to hear our voice.
TRANSLATION: I am so worried about
Italy. I said a prayer before coming
to vote. Marty Lorenzi and other
centre-left leaders are preparing
for a bruising at the polls. Italian
say they're a top concerns remain
the insecure job market here,
frustrations with the euro and mass
irregular migration from Africa.
This is the leader of the
antiestablishment Five Star
movement, tipped tonight to become
the largest political party. I
caught up with him this morning just
before he cast his vote.
politicians have kept telling
Italians that everything is fine and
it is not. Our motto is to be
amongst the people.
political system here favours
coalitions, so his controversial
party could be left out in the cold.
Meaning this familiar face could be
kingmaker in stead. Naples and the
south of Italy will swing the vote
today. Silvio Berlusconi campaigned
here this weekend on behalf of a
right-wing Coalition peppered with
populists. Like this rising star
anti-immigration politician voting
today in Milan. So what does this
rather chaotic political picture
being for Italy and Europe? After
all, this is the Eurozone's
third-largest economy. Confusion is
quintessentially Italian, Brussels
is used to it, the financial markets
seem prepared for it and they
believe that a Coalition government
will water down more extremist
populist policies on offer. But how
does that help Italians get to grips
with their problems? This person has
a civilian protest party in Naples.
TRANSLATION: These days the Italian
politicians blame everything on
immigration but that is alive. Use
an employment, precarious contracts,
that is our problem and that is why
Italians live badly. Their votes now
cars, all Italians can do is wait.
The election will be followed by
weeks of political Horst trading,
change does not come fast in Italy.
Let us join our reporter. Exit polls
are coming through and what do they
They are literally just
coming in and on this rainy, cloudy
night in Italy, the political
results look equally nebulous and
what will be a bitter shock for the
traditional parties, it looks like
the Five Star party has become
Italy's largest party. But with not
enough seats to govern alone in
either the upper or lower house of
Parliament, Silvio Berlusconi's
Coalition looks like it can garner
more seats but you can bet that the
next few weeks will be full of
arguing and fighting and horse
trading. That will frustrate Italian
voters enormously after this
divisive election campaign, they are
just demanding change.
Higher temperatures are expected
almost everywhere tomorrow. The thaw
has meant flooding in some places
and there have been problems on the
railways. Our correspondent is at
Carlisle station. Yes, there have
been some frustrated passengers here
because even though Network Rail has
been able to clear their West Coast
mainline, there is still no trains
heading north to Glasgow. Anyone
wanting to travel has to get a coach
to head into Scotland. There are
other branch lines that are still
blocked by snow and we saw engineers
earlier trying to dig out a train
that had been stuck in a snow drift
for three days and they say the snow
keeps blowing over the line but they
are hoping that things can go back
to something like normal tomorrow.
In other parts of the country, there
are villages in Devon
are villages in Devon that have no
water. There have been power cuts in
parts of the country, water
shortages in London and an appeal
for blood donors to come forward.
The effects of the storm and snow
are still having an impact.
Oscars shortly - first,
is at the BBC Sport Centre.
Andrew Pozzi credited
the late Sir Roger Bannister
as his inspiration behind winning
gold in the 60 metres
hurdles at the World Indoor
Pozzi had to dip on the line to win
by a hundreth of a second.
Great Britain also won two bronzes
on the final day in Birmingham,
taking their medal tally to seven.
Meanwhile, Sir Mo Farah
won the new "Big Half"
race in London today.
The four-time Olympic champion,
who's switched from the track
to road-running, took part
in the 13.1 mile event as part
of his preparation for next
month's London Marathon,
where he's hoping to become
the first British male
winner for 15 years.
Onto the day's football,
and Match of the Day and Sportscene
are on BBC One later,
so if you don't want
to hear what happened,
you know what to do...
Manchester City are just four
wins away from clinching
the Premier League title,
after beating champions,
Chelsea, 1-0 at home.
Bernado Silva's goal means
they're now 18 points clear
at the top of the table.
Meanwhile, in the early kick off,
Arsenal's woes continue -
beaten by Brighton for the first
time in 36 years, with pressure
mounting on their manager,
Arsene Wenger, who's admitted it's
now almost impossible for Arsenal
to finish in the top four.
In the Scottish Cup,
Carl McHugh scored a wonder-goal
against Hearts to put Motherwell
into the semi-finals.
Rangers are also through - they'll
play Celtic in the last four.
England's women have drawn
with Germany 2-2 at
the "She Believes" Cup.
Ellen White's goals helped
make-up for some costly
errors in New Jersey.
David Beckham was amongst the crowd,
after giving the side
a pre-match pep talk.
His former team mate,
and Lionesses' new manager,
Phil Neville, has now one win
and a draw to his name.
That's it from me, but there's much
more on the BBC Sport website
including news of a gripping final
at the Welsh Open Snooker.
The Oscars ceremony gets underway
in just over two hours' time.
This year's Academy Awards takes
place against the backdrop
of the Harvey Weinstein allegations,
and the MeToo and TimesUp movement.
We'll be live shortly
with our Arts Editor Will Gompertz
but first here's his look,
at some of the main contenders.
Here on a still concealed
Oscars red carpet, just
about everybody has got an opinion
about what is going
to happen tonight.
But what does a genuine Hollywood
insider, with her ear
to the ground, think?
Does she expect there to be
a post-Weinstein reaction that might
change how Academy members vote?
I don't think so.
I think Harvey Weinstein has changed
the scope of the awards season,
he has changed what people ask
about on red carpets,
what they wear, he has changed how
the whole industry is behaving,
but, in terms of voting
on the Oscars, I don't think
that there will be a real effect
on who wins and who loses.
My daughter, Angela,
was murdered seven months ago.
It seems to me that the police
department is too busy torturing
black folks and eating Krispy Kremes
to solve actual crime.
I would be surprised
if Three Billboards repeated
its BAFTA success and won Best
That movie is quite polarising among
American Academy members.
The Shape of Water,
Guillermo Del Toro's film is one
that has won a lot of the precursor
awards that lead up to the Oscars,
so that seems to be sort
of a rising contender.
Who is going to win?
I would put my money on Get Out.
Chris was just telling me
how he felt much more
comfortable with my being here.
What about Best Actor?
You cannot reason with a tiger!
When your head is in its mouth!
The front runner for Best Actor
is Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour,
for whom this is, in many ways,
possibly a lifetime
There is an outside contender,
Timothee Chalamet for
Call Me By Your Name.
He has kind of captured,
what I think of as the
ingenue spot this year.
Normally reserved for a beautiful
young woman, this year it seems
to be held by a beautiful young man.
Surely Francis McDormand
is a shoo-in as Best Actress for her
performance in Three Billboards
as a grieving, seething mother.
What is with the new
Your mamma been coaching ya?
Her performance in Three Billboards,
if there is any movie that sort
of captured the #MeToo movement
and the idea of female rage,
surely it is this one
and McDormand's performance
in the whole film.
And what about Greta Gerwig
and her film Lady Bird?
Could she become just the second
woman in the history
of the Oscars to walk away
with the Best Director prize?
I think Greta Gerwig is a long shot.
I think her being nominated is
a milestone for a female director.
It has happened so rarely.
Kathryn Bigelow is the only
one who has actually
won in the category.
Three, two, one.
Guillermo Del Toro is the person
I would put my money on.
This may very well be the most
sensitive asset ever to be held.
This could indeed be the year,
but The Shape of Water is the film
that makes the biggest...
Will Gompertz, BBC News, Hollywood.
So, as the stars begin to arrive for
the Oscars, we can see that the red
carpet will be a more colourful
affair than the BAFTAs and the
Golden Globes and that is because
there is no black dress code. It is
not to say that there is a
forgetfulness about what has been
going on, the stories and the
revelations, there is still a great
deal of seriousness about it and it
is here where you can seal it. The
social engagement has gone to
another level and you can see that
reflected in the movie short listed
for the awards. Thank you.
That's all from me,
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