Sweden's Gunder Hagg, who set the mile world record in 1945 and held it until Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier in 1953, has died aged 85.
Bannister's celebrated run finally broke Hagg's record
Hagg broke 15 world marks in middle distance running and 10 world marks over three months in 1942.
That year, the Swede also was the first man to run 5,000m in under 14 minutes.
On 17 July, 1945, "Gunder the Wonder" set a new world mile mark of four minutes, 1.4 seconds. Bannister ran a 3:59.4 mile nine years later.
Hagg toured the United States in 1943 when he won seven of eight races and was The Associated
Press Male Athlete of the Year.
He was disqualified from amateur competition in 1946 for receving money for his running.
He is survived by his wife, Daisy, and son, Gunder Hagg Jr.