Christopher Chataway, former 5000 meter world record holder Olympian died

Former 5000mts world record-holder and politician Christopher Chataway died in London due to cancer. In 1955 he was knitted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Jan 20, 2014 12:12 IST
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Christopher Chataway a former 5000 meter world record-holder and a politician from Conservative party died on 19 January 2014 at the age of 82 in London. He died after fighting against cancer for two years. He was knitted in 1995 by the Queen Elizabeth II.

He is survived by his wife and former wife, four sons, a daughter and a stepson, who is a MP of Conservative party from Broxbourne.

About Christopher Chataway
• Christopher competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics
• He acted as a pacemaker for Roger Bannister to become the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier in 1954
• He won the Commonwealth Games three miles title in 1954
• He was also a broadcaster
• In 1954, he was named as the first-ever BBC Sports Personality of the Year
• He jumped into the world of politics as a Conservative MP between 1959 and 1966 and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary and junior Education Minister
• In 1969 he served in ministerial positions
• He retired from politics in 1974 to concentrate on his business career. He was the Managing Director of Orion Bank, which was left in 1988 by him
• He served the Civil Aviation Authority as its Chairman


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