11 Jul 2012

Bannister carries Olympic torch in relay

9:39 am on 11 July 2012

Sir Roger Bannister returned on Tuesday to the Iffley Road Stadium near Oxford where he ran the first sub four-minute mile in 1954, to begin the 53rd leg of the London Olympic torch relay.

Bannister, 83, who ran the mile three minutes 59.4 seconds at the track, carried the torch around the track at the start of a leg that included a stop at Windsor Castle to see Queen Elizabeth.

He is one of several names being suggested to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony on 27 July.

Rower Steve Redgrave is another on the shortlist. He held the torch while rowing down the Thames near Henley on Tuesday.

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