Tributes flood in for athletics hero Sir Roger Bannister

Tributes have flooded in for record-breaking athlete Sir Roger Bannister following his death at the age of 88.

Some of the biggest names in athletics as well as politicians and celebrities took to Twitter to celebrate a great British hero.

Four-time Olympic gold medal winner Sir Mo Farah tweeted: "I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about Roger Bannister. I met him several times throughout my career and he was always humble, supportive and encouraging.

"He was an inspiration to so many being the first man to break the 4-minute mile. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

Paula Radcliffe posted: "Saddened to hear the news that we have lost one of the true pioneers, trailblazers and iconic inspirations of our sport. Sir Roger Bannister showed that barriers are there to be broken and there are no limits."

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) chairman and double Olympic gold medallist Lord Coe wrote: "This is a day of intense sadness both for our nation and for all of us in athletics.

"There is not a single athlete of my generation who was not inspired by Roger and his achievements both on and off the track."

The official account of Team GB posted: "We are incredibly saddened by the death of Sir Roger Bannister, aged 88. Rest in Peace Roger."

Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: "Sir Roger Bannister was a great British sporting icon whose achievements were an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed."

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "Sir Roger Bannister was more than simply one of the greatest athletes of all time - by breaking the four-minute mile he redefined what was thought impossible, and inspired the world. He leaves an incredible legacy."

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