7 May 2014

Bannister reveals he has Parkinson's disease

5:44 am on 7 May 2014

Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes, has revealed he has Parkinson's disease.

The 85-year-old Englishman, made sporting history 60-years ago today, with his landmark run at Oxford's Iffley Road.

The former neurologist was diagnosed with the condition three years ago.

Sir Roger shocked the world when he ran a mile in three minutes 59.4 seconds to become the first person to break the four-minute barrier.

Bannister was helped by Sir Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher, who acted as pacesetters.

Brasher died in 2003 after a short illness and Chataway died from cancer in January.

Bannister may be best remembered for the sub-four minute mile, but he said his 1954 Commonwealth Games gold medal was the pinnacle of his athletics career.