Sir Roger Bannister Dies Aged 88 – level 2

08-03-2018 07:00

In 1954, Sir Roger Bannister ran a mile under four minutes in Oxford, England. He stayed modest about the record after it happened.

He said that he felt like breaking records was overemphasised. He explained that if one person could run the mile faster than he could, then someone else could probably run it faster than that person.

Bannister worked in the medical field during his life. As he grew older, he suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. He died surrounded by his family at the age of 88.

Difficult words: modest (not proud about it), overemphasise (make important), Parkinson’s Disease (a disease which can make the person’s hands shake, for example).

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