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.

Closing the door after bolt has bolted | A Column By Len Johnson Usain Bolt didn’t need a third relay gold medal to confirm his place among the Olympic immortals, but getting one ensured he would not end on an anti-climactic note. Bolt took the baton from Nickel Ashmeade for the...
The long march to the Marcha | A Column By Len Johnson ; It took us a while to get to watch Jared Tallent in the 50k walk. About a week, to be more precise. We set off for the Olympic walks course around noon on 12 August and we got there...
Len Johnson is currently in Rio, Brazil covering the games as he see's them. In the long run, you’re dead | A Column By Len Johnson Mo Farah slices you up with the delicacy of a surgeon, Almaz Ayana bludgeons you with a broadsword, but in the long run against these...
Len Johnson is currently in Rio, Brazil covering the games as he see's them. Please remember, these people are our guests | A Column By Len Johnson Went for our first run today in the Olympic city. A beach run it was, from Ipanema to Copacabana and back. A number of Olympic...
The Games have begun – at last. All us track and field fans know that the Olympic don’t really begin until athletics starts next Friday, but sports are being contested and medals being won (including some by Australians. Hooray!). Rio pulled off an opening ceremony which, while avoiding the financial extravagances...
  Take a deep breath | A Column by Len Johnson Take a deep breath. Contain your excitement. It is now only a few more sleeps before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro on 5 August. The ‘take a deep breath’ advice is actually a little belated, given the extent...
RUSSIA RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS A COLUMN BY LEN JOHNSON Usain Bolt tells a London Diamond League media conference that his hamstring is ready to go for the Anniversary Games and Rio. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds an IAAF determination that 68 Russian athletes are not going to Rio. Who...
Seat by the water-jump Back in the good old days of Melbourne interclub, when every distance runner had to compete in the steeple for club points, you could always find the ghoulish type of spectator hanging around the water-jump. Given the rudimentary nature of most steeplers’ hurdling technique, falls at the...
Norm Osborne, who passed away on 25 June after a long illness, was one of Australia’s pre-eminent coaches, guiding the careers of Olympic 400 metres silver medallist Rick Mitchell and former Australian 1500 metres record holders Marg Crowley and Mike Hillardt. I should immediately add – “among many others”. Although...
 Who Wins Again? A Column By Len Johnson One of the games I like to play as a major championships looms is to ponder which champions might repeat their victories. The game takes on a heightened significance in Olympic years. No gold shines brighter than Olympic gold, despite the introduction of...
                                 
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