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The Landy Era
Author: Len Johnson

ISBN: 9781877096938
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1 March 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0
World-class athletics was something that happened overseas, not in Australia. And then, on 13 December 1952, John Landy ran a mile at Melbourne's Olympic Park in four minutes 2.1 seconds. In those few minutes he re-ignited the race for the sub-four minute mile and inspired a generation of Australian athletes to challenge the world at distances from 880 yards to the marathon. Others, notably the charismatic coach Percy Cerutty, and Landy's Helsinki Olympics teammates Don Macmillan and Les Perry, played significant roles in this flowering of talent. Following Landy, Herb Elliott rose to the top, winning the 1500 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympics, smashing the world record. From 1954 to 1968, Landy, Dave Stephens, Elliott, Albie Thomas, Ron Clarke and Ralph Doubell broke world records. Elliott and Doubell became Olympic champions; Landy, Al Lawrence, Dave Power and Clarke took Olympic medals. Derek Clayton set world records in the marathon. Pat Clohessy, on whom Landy was a formative influence, coached Robert de Castella to a world championships gold medal in the marathon. John Landy was not the only influence, but it was undeniably his era; he was its first, and greatest, star and he directly...

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