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Brasher was born in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana. In 1954, he acted as pacemaker for Roger Bannister when the latter ran the first sub-four-minute mile at the Iffley Road Stadium in Oxford. Two years later, at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, Brasher finished first in the 3,000 metres steeplechase with a time of 8 minutes 41.2 seconds, but was disqualified for allegedly interfering with another runner, Ernst Larsen of Norway. The following day, after an investigation, he was reinstated as gold medallist.
Brasher, a graduate of St John's College, Cambridge, went on to enjoy a distinguished career in journalism as sports editor for The Observer newspaper and in broadcasting, working as a reporter for the Tonight programme. Brasher was awarded the CBE in 1996.
- "Athletics world mourns the man behind the London marathon" - an article by John Ezard in The Guardian, dated March 1, 2003
- "Marathon founder Brasher dies" - a BBC Sport article, dated February 28, 2003
- "Great British Olympians:Chris Brasher" - an article by David Walsh in The Sunday Times from 2000.
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