Two immortal Australian runnersJohn Landy was very, very nice to us at the World Veterans' Games. They say he was looking and looking at me while I was in a meditative consciousness.
Then, after he gave his speech, I went over to shake hands with him. He was the second man to break the four-minute mile. I said that I had always admired him.
He said he was very grateful to me for bringing a moment of peace to his country, and he thanked me deeply.
Earlier, I had met Herb Elliott. He holds twenty-seven records. He also was very, very nice.
So two immortal Australian runners I have met!
— 4 December 1987