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Sportsmanship
Sportsmanship

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Immortalises an act of sportsmanship that took place at Olympic Park, during the Australian mile championship in which John Landy stopped to help a fallen Ron Clarke.

Landy`s feat in going on to win the race has been overshadowed by the unselfish gesture that is part of Australian sporting lore.

In Australia, Landy is perhaps most famously remembered for his performance in the 1500 metres final at the 1956 Australian National Championships prior to the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. In the race, Landy stopped and doubled backed to check on fellow runner Ron Clarke after another runner clipped Clarke`s heel, causing him to fall early in the third lap of the race.

Clarke, the then-junior 1500 metre world champion, who had been leading the race, got back to his feet and started running again; Landy followed. Incredibly, in the final two laps Landy made up a large deficit to win the race, something considered one of the greatest moments in Australian sporting history.

This monument has been moved a number of times within the Olympic Park precinct

Location

Address:Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.823745
Long: 144.980479
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Sport
Approx. Event Start Date:1956
Approx. Event End Date:1956
Monument Designer:Mitch Mitchell

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 3rd June, 2002
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