Sir Roger Bannister has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease he has revealed today, almost 60 years after running a mile in under 4 minutes.

He stunned the world of athletics when he was able to run the time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds on the 6 May in 1954 to become the first man to break the four-minute barrier.

Despite being perhaps most fondly remembered for his record breaking landmark run, Sir Roger Bannister has often claimed that his Commonwealth Games gold medal was the highlight of his running career.

Bannister told BBC News, "I am having troubles with walking. Ironically, it's a neurological disorder - Parkinson's disease.

"It's in the nature of things, there's a gentle irony to it."

The distance runner also achieved a medial degree from Oxford University in 1963 and became a neurologist twelve years later.

He published many pieces of work on the physiology of exercise and neurological problems and for all of his life work, he was knighted in 1975.

He said, "I am being well looked after and I don't intend to let it interfere - as much as I can.

"Just consider the alternatives - that is the way I look at it. One of my pleasures in life, apart from running, has been walking. Intellectually I am not [degenerating] and what is walking anyway?"

Bannister has also indicated that the fight against Parkinson's disease is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, he remains optimistic that drug treatments and therapies are improving all the time.

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