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Former athlete Sir Christopher Chataway dies aged 82

Former 5,000 metres world record-holder Sir Christopher Chataway, who acted as a pacemaker to help Sir Roger Bannister become the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier in 1954, has died aged 82.

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Chataway: Running 'a friendly codger in my old age'

Sir Christopher Chataway, who died today aged 82, said running "returned to be a friendly codger" in his old age after acting as a tormentor in his younger days.

Sir Roger Bannister (left) with Sir Christopher Chataway (centre) in 1994. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

Speaking about taking part in the Great North Run at almost 80-years-old, Sir Christopher said at the time: "I sometimes think that running, which was a sort of tormentor in my youth, has returned to be a friendly codger in my old age - that what was Joe Stalin has turned into Dixon of Dock Green."

He is survived by his sons Mark, Matthew, Adam, Charles, Ben, his daughter Joanna, his wife Carola and his former wife Anna.

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