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Sir Chris Chataway: GB Athlete Dies Aged 82
Sir Chris Chataway, the pacemaker who helped Sir Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier, has died aged 82.
The former 5,000-metres world record-holder died on Sunday at St John's Hospice in northwest London after a two and a half year battle with cancer, his son Mark Chataway said.
His passion for keeping fit stayed with him into old age, and up until a couple of weeks ago he was on his exercise bike every morning, he added.
The 53-year-old described his father as a "very compassionate and wise man" who had the "ability to put other people's needs first".
"We were, especially in these last few years, struck by his amazing qualities of humility and strength," he said.
"He kept running almost until the end of his life. He ran with a couple of my brothers in the Great North Run about three years ago now ... doing it in a very respectable time."
Sir Chris - who was also a Tory politician and broadcaster - would like to be remembered as "a wonderful father, a husband, a grandfather," he said.
"Those probably mattered more than any of the sporting or political things," he said.
Prime Minister David Cameron also paid tribute: "I was terribly sorry to hear that Chris Chataway had sadly passed away," he said.
"Chris was a rare politician in that he enjoyed such extensive, wide-ranging and successful careers both before and after he served in Parliament."
He added: "Chris was one of a kind ... We have lost a Great Briton, a true Conservative and a man of many talents."
Sir Chris is survived by his sons Mark, Matthew, Adam, Charles, Ben, his daughter Joanna, his wife Carola and his former wife Anna.
Speaking about taking part in the Great North Run at almost 80-years-old, Sir Chris said at the time: "I sometimes think that running, which was a sort of tormentor in my youth, has returned to be a friendly codger in my old age - that what was Joe Stalin has turned into Dixon of Dock Green."
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