Secondhand. Good condition. Wear to book corners and edges, particularly right tail front ocer, now protected with book tape.
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 and 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 directly inspired and advised many subsequent athletes and coaches. He led Australia from nowhere to the top of the world. (back cover)