He led the third lap of Roger Bannister's epic first four minute mile at the Iffley Road track in Oxford, England. He was 82 years old. At the age of 64 he returned to Iffley Road and ran a 5:48 mile. During his career he set world records at 5000 meters and twice at three miles, once defeating Vladimir Kuts in a tremendous race at London's White City Stadium. He finished fifth in the 5000 meters at Helsinki in 1952 after taking a tumble on the last lap and 11th at Melbourne in 1956. His life did not end with athletics. He went on television and then to serve his nation in parliament and as a cabinet minister. Chris Brasher , the third runner in that four minute mile died a few years ago. Now only Roger Bannister remains.
Below are obituaties from several of the world's leading newspapers
The Telegraph and Guardian have probably the most definitive obituary including a youtube clip
|beginning of last lap at Iffley Rd.|
|a few weeks later in Turku, Finland when Landy ran the second sub 4|