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Former Olympian, politician Chataway dies aged 82
Former Olympic runner, British politician Christopher Chataway dies aged 82
Associated Press
2014-01-19 10:22 PM

LONDON (AP) -- Christopher Chataway, a former 5,000-meter world record-holder has died at the age of 82.

Chataway, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995, died Sunday at a hospice in London after more than two years fighting cancer, son Mark said.

He competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, and acted as a pacemaker to help Roger Bannister become the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier in 1954.

In the same year, Chataway won the three miles race at the Commonwealth Games.

Chataway began a career as a newcaster with Independent Television News in 1955, and then had spells in the House of Commons as a member of the Conservative Party.

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