Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile, has died.
Bannister, aided by Sir Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher as pacemakers, achieved a feat widely viewed at the time as impossible by running three minutes 59.4 seconds at the Iffley Road track on May 6, 1954.
To Coe, another British world record holder at the mile, Bannister's landmark achievement in 1954 "transcended sport beyond athletics".
Shortly before 6 p.m.in Oxford, the wind died down.
His family said in a statement that he died peacefully in Oxford, England, on Saturday after battling Parkinson's disease.
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"He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends", they added, in a statement published by the Press Association news agency.
What really happened was this: For nine years, the world record in the mile was 4:01.4.
"This is a day of intense sadness both for our nation and for all of us in athletics", said IAAF president Lord Coe, who set the record in the mile in 1981.
"Sir Roger Bannister was more than simply one of the greatest athletes of all time by breaking the 4-minute mile he redefined what was thought impossible, and inspired the world". It was as much of a psychological barrier as it was a physical barrier.
At the world indoor championships, the news cast a shadow over the final day of events on Sunday with the sell-out crowd in Arena Birmingham breaking into long applause after a special tribute to Bannister was screened.
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"We have all lost a giant and, for many of us, a deep and close friendship".
Some of the biggest names in athletics as well as politicians and celebrities took to Twitter to celebrate a great British hero.
"I have seen, and looked after, patients with so many neurological and other disorders that I am not surprised I have acquired an illness", Bannister told BBC News in 2014.
Coe ran a mile in a world record 3 minutes, 47.33 seconds in 1981 between winning gold medals in the 1,500 meters at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. Someone was going to break that barrier and it turned out to be him.
"He was running on cinder tracks, not tarmac tracks", he said.
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The enduring image of the lanky Oxford medical student - head tilted back, eyes closed and mouth agape as he strained across the finishing tape - captured the public's imagination, made him a global celebrity and lifted the spirits of Britons still suffering through postwar austerity. He was such a gentleman, so able to give encouragement to all the generations of athletes coming through and he'll be so sorely missed.