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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.

Len Johnson Reporting from the World Champs, London – Runner’s Tribe For the world championships, the penultimate day was Super Saturday, the departure of Usain Bolt from all competition and of Mo Farah from track racing. In the end, each of these great champions was upstaged. Mo was beaten, as Bolt had...
A column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Here’s a subversive notion. If you are an Australian marathoner looking to make the jump from national to world-class, are you better off staying at home than heading to London, Berlin, Fukuoka or Osaka. For years now, the answer to should I go...
A Column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Cross-country: something for everybody. Just step outside and run. Invented by cave-dwellers fleeing mastodons, cross-country simply involves running as fast as you can – faster than a pre-historic predator, in any case – for as long as you can, over whatever terrain confronts...
 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...
Len Johnson Reporting from the World Champs, London – Runner’s Tribe Eight years ago the world seemed to be at Dani Stevens (then Dani Samuels) feet. On a rainy night in Berlin, she handled the difficult conditions far better than her more experienced rivals to become, at 21, the youngest winner...
Bring back the mile – has it ever gone away? A Column By Len Johnson In outlining his vision to make athletics more appealing to a younger audience, Sebastian Coe recently observed: “The average age of those watching track and field is 55 years old. This is not sustainable.” How does...
Runner's Tribe - A column by Len Johnson Lisa Ondieki took a long time to get a decent bite at the Big Apple. When she did, she almost swallowed the thing whole. A friend of mine received a social media message this week that 23 October was the anniversary of Rod...
Muddy Waters | A Column By Len Johnson Sometimes when you stir up the water you end up with a nice clear solution. Other times, muddy water just gets muddier. Six months of marathons has delivered what appears to be an obvious selection of the three women to represent Australia in...
What more can Kipchoge do? A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe It’s that end-of-the-year time when we (some of us, anyway) turn our attention to who might be the athlete of the year. AOY as the most common abbreviation goes. The IAAF AOYs will be announced this weekend. At the...
A Column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Joseph Heller’s incomparable anti-war novel, Catch-22, is populated by a collection of bizarre characters, from the squadron commander, Major Major, to minor minor players. Take Dunbar, who decided to live as long as possible by making time pass as slowly as possible. Dunbar...