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John Landy talks about becoming a world record runner, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former champion runner John Landy recalling how he became a world record holder. He says that in the early 1950s, the possibility of running 1 mile (1.6 km) in under 1 minute was 'a great talking point'. He says Roger Bannister became the first to achieve the goal in May 1954. Landy ...

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John Landy recalls an act of sportsmanship, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of a former champion runner, John Landy, recalling an incident during the Australian mile championship in Melbourne on 11 March 1956. Landy says that the spikes of his shoes tore the arm of another runner, Australian Ron Clarke, who fell in front of him. He describes stopping to help Clarke, ...

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Pole vault at the 1956 Olympic Games

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a competitor clearing the bar in the pole vault event during the decathlon at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in November 1956. Several officials, who may be judging the event, observe the athlete. Part of the crowded stadium at the Melbourne Cricket Ground can be seen in the ...