Topics: Roger Bannister, 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Mile run world record progression Pages: 1 (290 words) Published: April 28, 2013
Sportsmanship is being fair in following the rules of a game. Good sportsmanship is the "golden rule" of sports or any other game. Basically, you should treat your opponents the way you would want to be treated. It is good sportsmanship when you respect yourself, your opponents, your coaches on both sides, the referees, et cetera. Good sportsmanship includes shaking hands with your opponent, clapping whether you score a point or not, being able to tell them “Good job!” or “Good game!” after winning against them instead of rubbing it in their faces, or saying that after losing instead of being rude or jealous. Good sportsmanship not only affects game players, but also the crowd. Bad sportsmanship is being arrogant, boastful, jealous, disrespectful, et cetera. According to Mental_floss’s Scott Allen Australian John Landy made history when he became the second man to break 4 minutes in the mile, 46 days after Roger Bannister became the first in 1954. Landy is revered in Australia, where he served as the 26th Governor of Victoria, in part because of the mile race he ran at the 1956 Australian national championships. During the third lap, 19-year-old Ron Clarke, who would go on to set 17 world records during his career, tripped and fell. Landy, who was trailing close behind, leapt over Clarke and accidentally scraped his rival's arm with his spikes in the process. Landy stopped running to make sure that Clarke wasn't badly hurt before resuming his chase of the pack that had charged ahead. To the amazement of everyone in the crowd, Landy came from behind to finish first in a time of 4 minutes, 4 seconds. I think this story is a very good example of sportsmanship.
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