Australian operating icon John Landy dies at 91

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On Feb. 24, Australian operating legend and former governor of Victoria John Landy died at age 91. In 1954, Landy grew to become the second man after Roger Bannister to run a sub-4-minute mile.

John Landy (left) and Jim Bailey on the 1956 Olympics

Landy, who was from Melbourne, started operating as a strategy to keep match for Australian Guidelines Soccer (AFL) within the late Forties, however ended up getting critical about operating after he gained the Victorian Championships in 1951. Twelve months later, Landy made his first Australian workforce within the 1,500m on the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Video games.

In 1954, the battle between Bannister and Landy started to grow to be the primary man to attain a sub-4-minute mile, which was considered past human skill. On Might 6, 1954, Bannister was the primary to dip beneath the mark, in 3:59.40 in Oxford, U.Okay.

Lower than two months later, at a observe meet in Finland, Landy, who had come near the four-minute mark a number of occasions that yr, broke Bannister’s world report with a 3:57.90.

John Landy (left) and Don MacMillian on the Australian Championships in 1952

Bannister and Landy had been the one two males to interrupt the four-minute mile barrier, which arose in a face-to-face showdown billed because the Race of the Century in Vancouver, the place Bannister edged out Landy within the remaining 100m.

Landy made the Australian Olympic workforce once more in 1956, when his hometown of Melbourne hosted the Olympics. Within the lead-up to the Video games on the Australian Mile Championship, Landy was successful the race when fellow Aussie athlete Ron Clarke tripped and fell in entrance of him with a lap and a half to go. Landy stopped and went again to test on Clarke, serving to his rival to his toes–a form gesture that nearly value him a spot on the Australian Olympic workforce. However he ended up successful the race on the ultimate lap after being handed by a majority of the sector.

A statue commemorating Landy’s (proper) sportsmanship at Melbourne’s Olympic Park

It’s broadly thought to be some of the iconic moments in Australian operating historical past.

Landy was elected the twenty sixth governor of Victoria, Australia in 2001, serving till he retired in 2006. Landy died at his house outdoors of Melbourne on Feb. 24.





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