Sir Roger Bannister Dies Aged 88 – level 3
On May 6, 1954, Sir Roger Bannister broke the record for a sub-four-minute mile in Oxford, England. He was modest about the record after the fact.
He said that breaking records was being overemphasised. He explained that if one person could run the mile in 3 minutes and 59 seconds, you could ‘almost certainly find somebody else in the world at some time who will run it faster’.
Bannister went on to work in the medical field. As he grew older, he suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, and he died surrounded by family at age 88.
Difficult words: sub (under), modest (not proud about it), Parkinson’s Disease (a degenerative disease which can make the person’s hands shake, for example).
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