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A Column By Len Johnson

Len Johnson wrote for The Melbourne Age as an athletics writer for over 20 years, covering five Olympics, 10 world championships and five Commonwealth Games. He has been the long-time lead columnist on RT and is one of the world’s most respected athletic writers. He is also a former national class distance runner (2.19.32 marathon) and trained with Chris Wardlaw and Robert de Castella among other running legends. He is the author of The Landy Era.

A column by Len Johnson reporting from the Gold Coast Championship marathons seem to attract more than their fair share of brutal weather. Put on any championship, pick any day for the marathons and it’s a better than even-money bet that the day will dawn warm and sunny. Indeed, that it...
Don’t bring a knife to a gun-fight By Len Johnson reporting from the Gold Coast In the movie The Untouchables, the Sean Connery character offers the memorable line to one of his victims: “Never bring a knife to a gun-fight.” It took a while for Kenya to cotton on to this logic,...
Cheptegei doubles, Kipruto orchestrates sweep By Len Johnson reporting from the Gold Coast It’s getting harder to write new things about Joshua Cheptegei. When he won the 5000 metres at the Commonwealth Games last Sunday, it was easy to dwell on the development of the young man who had crashed and burned...
Dreams fulfilled on field A column by Len Johnson - Reporting from the Gold Coast It might be stretching things too far to call Carrara Stadium a field of dreams – the so-far-hapless Gold Coast Suns might object, for a start. But it has been on the field that Australian dreams have...
By Len Johnson reporting from the Gold Coast Standing on the runway for her last throw of the Commonwealth Games javelin competition at Carrara Stadium on Wednesday night, Kathryn Mitchell dissolved into tears. These were tears of joy, however, not those born of the frustration at having to wait so long...
By Len Johnson reporting from the Gold Coast You will find Nick Hough and Alex Hulley side by side in the Australian Commonwealth Games Media Guide, but hands up anyone who expected to find them, if not exactly next to each other, one after the other on the medals’ podium. Stranger...
By Len Johnson – Runner’s Tribe – Reporting from the Gold Coast Back in the early days of Australian television, there was a cartoon character named Tom Terrific. “I’m Tom Terrific, greatest hero ever,” the theme song went. Tom Walsh is the modern day Tom Terrific. A 22.45 metres Games’ record on...
By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe - Reporting from the Gold Coast The wild weather which washed out the walking events at the Australian 50km championships in Melbourne at the start of December last year turned out to be a perfect storm for Jemima Montag. The then 19-year-old Montag was down...
RT's lead columnist, Len Johnson is reporting from the Gold Coast during the games for Runner's Tribe and the IAAF.  So hard to walk away - A column by Len Johnson It’s getting harder and harder to walk away these days – either on a temporary basis or into permanent retirement. Sally...
What a week. First cricket, and a ball-tampering scandal which has now resulted in the Australian captain, vice-captain and a hapless junior player facing suspensions and the coach resigning. Second, amidst all the cricket turmoil, came the raising by a senior government minister of the prospect – quickly shut down,...
                         
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