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Sir Roger Bannister receives Oxford sporting honour

Sir Roger Bannister Image copyright Oxford Sports Partnership
Image caption Sir Roger received the first lifetime achievement award at the annual Oxfordshire Sports Awards

Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a four-minute mile, has been honoured for his contribution to sport in Oxford.

As a 25-year-old, Sir Roger, now 85, made sporting history with his landmark run at the city's Iffley Road track on 6 May 1954.

He received the first Lifetime Achievement honour to be awarded at the annual Oxfordshire Sports Awards.

Sir Roger said the award "means a great deal to me".

The Oxfordshire Sports Awards, held for the past nine years, recognise the achievements of sporting individuals, clubs and businesses in the county.

In a pre-recorded video shown at the awards ceremony at the Kassam Stadium, Sir Roger said: "Oxford has been the centre of my life for so many years and its a wonderful thing to commemorate those years where I've been so happy here."

The awards judging panel is made up of representatives from sports organisations, clubs and local media.

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Image caption Roger Bannister was a medical student when he made sporting history at the Iffley Road track

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