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From the Archives, 1954: John Landy runs a historic mile

“It was a splendid run and a great build-up for Australian athletes,” Mr Day said.

John Landy leads Merv Lincoln in the third lap of the mile race where he managed another time below four minutes at Olympic Park.

John Landy leads Merv Lincoln in the third lap of the mile race where he managed another time below four minutes at Olympic Park.Credit:Clive Mackinnon

Cable Sent

The mayor of Geelong (Cr Morris Jacobs) sent the following cable to Landy a member of the Geelong Guild Harriers:

“The mayor, councilors and citizens of Geelong congratulate you on your success. We are very proud of you.”

Coach Lauded

Sharing credit for the new world mile time is Percy Cerutty, the Australian coach, who in less than a year has improved Landy’s capacity from 4 min 21 sec. to 3.58.

Tributes to Landy’s great performance have come from many quarters.

Jack Crump, secretary of the British Amateur Athletic Board, said, “Good heavens” when told Landy’s time.

John Landy (right) and Dr Roger Bannister after they finished in the mile run of British Empire Games, in Vancouver.

John Landy (right) and Dr Roger Bannister after they finished in the mile run of British Empire Games, in Vancouver.Credit:AP

Then he added, “This is just fantastic. He is a very great runner, and we all are very, very glad he should be the first man to beat Bannister.

“I suppose now we shall have to start thinking of a 3 min. 50 sec. mile – but I would not like to guess where it will end.”

Mr Stanley Smith, chairman of the British Empire Games Committee said in Vancouver that Landy’s effort was a “criterion of what the spectators can expect at the Games here,”

Chris Chataway, who placed both Landy and Bannister in the record runs, said last night that he considered Landy and Bannister as equals.

Great Help

Landy himself said Chataway was instrumental in making the performance possible. He had glanced back once and saw Chataway right on his heels.

In Brussels, Gaston Reiff, Belgian holder of the 3000-metre world record, said Landy’s mile was really fantastic.

“I always thought he would beat four minutes, but to do 3.58 is wonderful.

“It is good he came to Europe, because I doubt whether he could have achieved a world record in Australia.

“The air and track at Turku must have helped a lot.”

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Record May be Beaten

John Landy’s record-shattering time of 3 min. 58 sec. probably will be beaten.

The Professor of Physiology at Sydney University, Professor F. S. Cotton, said this tonight.

“I do not consider that the time limit for the mile has been reached,” Professor Cotton said.

“We don’t know the limits of human endurance.

“Although we are getting close to the limit, there is always a possibility that an athlete might be stimulated to an even greater effort.

“If there was some colossal danger an athlete was trying to escape, he might run faster than experts thought possible for the human frame.

“I would agree that we would never reach 3 ½ minutes for the mile. Any reduction in the world record will, of course, be small”.

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