Sir Roger Bannister: 1954 World record among Chris Chataway's finest moments

Sir Roger Bannister, best known for being the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, said that one of Sir Christopher Chataway's finest moments was when he smashed the 5,000m world record in 1954.

The 23-year-old Chataway broke the record by five seconds in what as described as one of the most remarkable races ever seen on a British track. In so doing, he beat European Champion Vladimir Kuts in a London v Moscow match at White City athletics stadium in West London.

I suppose the most famous race of all was Chris Chatterway vs Vladimir Kuts which was at the White City. Every time Kuts tried to escape, and sprint away, Chris caught him up again. That was a great competitive race.

– Sir Roger Bannister

Sir Bannister added that Chris Chataway has also made "great contribution to life in Britain in the 50s, 60s and 70s."

I think he was debonair, charming, with a wonderful personality and a great sense of fun, pretending sometimes to be a bit cynical about things. Underneath it, he had very strong, caring values, was interested in charities and made a great contribution to life in Britain in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

– Sir Roger Bannister