Landy memorial held where he struck gold in ’56

Lui Zacher
December 19, 2022 / 10:08 pm

John Landy Feature

Today, a state memorial service is being held at the MCG for the late John Landy.

The former Geelong athlete was the first Aussie to break the four-minute mile and served two terms as Victorian Governor.

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Landy joined the Geelong Atheltic Club in 1949, and won gold at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, but is remembered as the man who stopped mid-race to help fellow athlete and rival Ron Clarke after he fell – before returning to the race, and winning 

He passed away at his Castlemaine home earlier this year aged 91.

The memorial is being held at the MCG from 10 o’clock.

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Header: John G. Zimmerman

Second: A plaque at the John Landy Oval in South Geelong []

Last: Landy on the front page of the May 1956 edition of Sports Illustrated