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Roger Bannister has Parkinson's disease

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May 02, 2014 | 5:30am EDT

Legendary runner Sir Roger Bannister has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The former athlete, 85, who famously became the first man to run a four-minute mile in 1954, is struggling to walk after battling the illness for three years. The star, who worked as a neurologist after hanging up his running shoes, tells BBC Radio Oxford, "I am having trouble walking. Ironically it is a neurological disorder - Parkinson's. I have seen patients with so many disorders that I am not surprised I have acquired an illness."

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