John Landy Dies at 91; Dueled Roger Bannister in ‘Mile of the Century’

Above all, Landy was a sportsman, as exemplified in a startling second within the 1956 Australian monitor and discipline championships in Melbourne, simply earlier than the Olympics there.

Landy had entered the race hoping to interrupt the world file for the mile. However with the race underway, a 19-year-old competitor, Ron Clarke, was bumped solely strides forward of him and fell to the monitor. Landy leapt over him and, as he did, by accident spiked him on his proper shoulder. Landy stopped, ran again to Clarke, brushed cinders from Clarke’s knees and stated, “Sorry.”

“Preserve going,” Clarke stated. “I’m all proper.”

Clarke bought up, and he and Landy began after the others, by this time 60 yards forward. Landy caught them and received in 4:04.2.

Gordon Moyes, an Australian minister who was there, later referred to as it “essentially the most extremely silly, lovely, silly, gentlemanly act I’ve ever seen.”

Within the Olympics that 12 months, Landy was the favourite within the 1,500 meters. Earlier than the ultimate, he noticed that Ron Delany, a younger Irishman who attended Villanova College, was nervous. Landy calmed him down and stated, “I feel you possibly can win this one, Ron.”

Delany did. Landy took the bronze medal.

John Michael Landy was born on April 12, 1930, in Melbourne. As a youth, he appeared extra curious about accumulating butterflies than in working. However in 1948, at 18, he received the Australian personal faculty mile championship in 4:43.8. That very same 12 months Bannister, a 12 months older, ran 4:11.0.

Landy was chosen for the Australian staff within the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, however he needed to pay his personal means. He was eradicated in his preliminary warmth when he completed fifth. (Bannister completed third in the identical warmth.)

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