11 Jul 2012

Bannister carries torch at site of famous mile

1:41 pm on 11 July 2012

The British athlete Roger Bannister returned to the Iffley Road Stadium where he ran the first sub four-minute mile in 1954 to begin the 53rd leg of the London Olympic torch relay.

The 83-year-old Bannister, who became part of British sporting folklore when he ran three minutes 59.4 seconds at the track near Oxford, carried the torch around the track at the start of a leg that included a stop at Windsor Castle to see Queen Elizabeth.

Bannister is one of several names being suggested to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony later this month.

British rowing great Steve Redgrave, another on the shortlist, also took part in the relay, holding the torch while rowing down the River Thames near Henley.

Redgrave won gold medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1984 to 2000.