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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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Sir Christopher Chataway was first SPOTY winner

Sir Christopher Chataway, who died today aged 82, was the first winner of BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award after setting the 5,000m world record at 13:51:06.

Sir Chris Chataway (left) and Sir Roger Bannister in 1954. Credit: PA

He retired from professional athletics after the 1956 Olympics but kept on running for decades afterwards and completed the Great North Run a few years before his death.

Sir Chris Chataway during the British Games at White City Stadium, London, in 1954. Credit: PA

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