Iconic Australian athlete John Landy passes away

Legendary Australian runner and former Victorian Governor John Landy has died. He was 91.

Responsible for one of the most iconic moments in Australian sporting history – when Landy went back to check on a fallen runner mid-race at the 1956 Australian National Championships – Landy has passed away at his home in country Victoria.

That fallen runner was Ron Clarke, who crashed to the turf after clipping another runner’s heel. Remarkably, despite slowing down and checking on his countryman, Landy still went on to win the race.

Ron Clarke and John Landy at Olympic Park at the location where Ron fell and John picked him up during a mile race, the rest is history.  Age News pic taken Sept.26, 2008

Ron Clarke and John Landy at Olympic Park at the location where Ron fell and John picked him up during a mile race, the rest is history. Age News pic taken Sept.26, 2008Credit:John Woudstra

Landy’s son Matthew Landy confirmed his father’s passing to News Corp.

“Dad passed away peacefully on Thursday surrounded by what he loved most, his family and the Australian bush,” Matthew Landy said.

“We are going to really miss him. He was not only a wonderful husband, but a wonderful father and he lived a wonderful life.

“It was a privilege to be his son and a privilege to be able to share some of his fascinating and wonderful life.”

Among various achievements in athletics, Landy represented Australia at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

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