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    Chris Chataway
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    From a tweet I got: BBC Sport ?@BBCSport 12m - Former British athlete and 5,000m world record holder Sir Chris Chataway dies at the age of 82

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    Very sad news. He was certainly one of Britain's greatest ever athletes and excelled in various careers throughout his life.
    RIP.
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    RIP. Contributed a lot in a variety of ways. I'm assuming that some of you who post here probably knew him, at least to some extent. Condolences to all.
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    I was impressed that he did a 1:38 half marathon at age 75.
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    HE was the reason Roger Bannister became a household name!!

    R.I. P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronk
    HE was the reason Roger Bannister became a household name!!(
    Yes, Chataway and Chris Brasher served as pacemakers in Bannister's historic 1st sub-4 mile.

    Here's the conclusion of the NY Times obituary:

    Chataway, Bannister and Brasher remained close until Brasher died in 2003. In 2004, at age 73, Chataway ran a 10-kilometer race in 49:08. The race was the Chris Brasher Memorial. The starter was Bannister.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/sport ... at-82.html
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    RIP Chris Chataway
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    On the NY Times Front Page

    Chris Chataway, the British runner who helped Roger Bannister achieve the first sub-four-minute mile then broke world records himself and became a member of Parliament and a Cabinet minister, died on Sunday in London. He was 82.

    He had been fighting cancer for two years, his son Mark told The Associated Press.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/sp...-at-82.html?hp
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    Re: RIP Chris Chataway
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    None of the 5 warriors of '52 Helsinki 5000 are alive anymore.
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
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    Re: RIP Chris Chataway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pego
    None of the 5 warriors of '52 Helsinki 5000 are alive anymore.
    Yes, all gone. I think in this order - Pirie, Schade, Zatopek, Mimoun and now Chataway. That race is my top memory from listening on the radio during those Olympics. First Summer Olympics I really paid attention to. Chataway was so young, just 21. His greatest race - the victory over Kuts with new WR, 13.51 in the London-Moscow match in the fall of '54. That was soon after he was second to Kuts at the European Games, beating Zatopek for second place. He was one of the greats then.
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    I missed out on seeing his win against Kuts (My coach took the older athletes) but watched in on TV. Every morning on BBC they played the sub 4 minute mile race, as a sort of filler, In the 50's there was precious little morning TV, and I timed it with my precious stop watch, so the 2 Chris's were burned into my brain. Brasher was the only Olympic gold medallist.
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