The Landy Era

Len Johnson, Introduction by Ron Clarke

World-class athletics was something that happened overseas, not in Australia. But on 13 December 1952, all that changed when John Landy ran a mile at Melbourne’s Olympic Park in 4:02.1.

In those few minutes, Landy 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.

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