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Spiked kangaroo-skin running shoes, 1948

This is a pair of black spiked running shoes manufactured from soft kangaroo skin and black suede by Hope Sweeney, Australia, in 1948. Each shoe features a laced centre front vent, black suede interior, rigid cowhide sole to the toe joint and a narrow softer sole leading to the heel. Six very sharp steel spikes are implanted ...

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Sports motion

This four and a half minute video segment from Catalyst provides an example of how a datalogger can be used to monitor aspects of an athlete's motion and technique. It gives examples of how science and technology interact to benefit training for a range of sports.

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John Landy recalls an act of sportsmanship, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of a former champion runner, John Landy, recalling an incident during the Australian mile championship in Melbourne on 11 March 1956. Landy says that the spikes of his shoes tore the arm of another runner, Australian Ron Clarke, who fell in front of him. He describes stopping to help Clarke, ...

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Cold War games,1999

'Cold War games' is an excerpt from the documentary 'Lies, Spies and Olympics', produced in 1999. 'Lies, Spies and Olympics' studies the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, which have become etched in Australian mythology as a watershed in the nation's sporting, cultural and civic history. But behind the myth is a far more revealing ...