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 observe and area championships in Melbourne, simply earlier than the Olympics there.

Landy had entered the race hoping to interrupt the world document 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 observe. Landy leapt over him and, as he did, by chance spiked him on his proper shoulder. Landy stopped, ran again to Clarke, brushed cinders from Clarke’s knees and mentioned, “Sorry.”

“Hold going,” Clarke mentioned. “I’m all proper.”

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

Gordon Moyes, an Australian minister who was there, later referred to as it “probably 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 mentioned, “I believe you may 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 focused on amassing butterflies than in operating. However in 1948, at 18, he gained the Australian non-public 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 method. He was eradicated in his preliminary warmth when he completed fifth. (Bannister completed third in the identical warmth.)