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.

Grand week of 1500 | A Column By Len Johnson Olympic 1500 metres qualifiers for Jenny Blundell, Ryan Gregson and Luke Mathews – it hardly needs saying that it has been a great week for Australian middle-distance running. In fact, taking into consideration Mathews’s earlier qualifying performance at 800 metres, Melissa...
Len Johnson Reporting from the World Champs, London – Runner’s Tribe Note to future event organisers: when you’ve got a program which is fairly light on finals, make sure you finish off with a real barnburner. London 2017 did just that on Monday. The night had just four finals, but it finished...
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...
A column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Ladies and Gentleman, we present for your entertainment a battle for one of the heavyweight titles of athletics – the world cross-country championships. In the red corner, the defending champion, a course over 10 kilometers, multiple laps over a flat (and maybe a...
A column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe It’s official. Steve Moneghetti is a legend. News this week that Mona is one of two inaugural inductees into the Berlin Marathon’s Hall of Fame. Already a Ballarat legend, Moneghetti has gradually branched out until now he is a world legend (Ballarat folk,...
So, what’s the deal with the 800 metres? No, not channelling Seinfeld, just wondering about the current state of Australian 800-meter running. To some extent, a large extent, it’s the same deal as always. Gun goes BANG! Runners go FAST! Winner is the one who slows up the least* as everyone...
The hands of time keep ticking at their backs: A Column By Len Johnson Among a slew of recent interviews with Usain Bolt one revelatory comment leapt out. Paraphrasing here, but Bolt acknowledged there had been a moment in training this year when he wondered why he was still doing it,...
A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe It’s customary to include a disclaimer as a footnote, but let’s declare this one upfront. I love the Fukuoka marathon and, despite many changes in the marathon over the years, still rate it up with the very best of non-championship races. Times may...
'Ravelo' - one of two of a kind A Column By Len Johnson Published 15-10-2016  Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa, who died on 27 September, was one of only two of a kind. He was the first man to win the Stawell Gift off scratch, a feat that has been emulated since by Josh...
Easy as 1, 2, 3 – not!  A, B, C It’s easy as 1, 2, 3 As simple as Do-Re-Mi . . . One, two, three: that may be how easy love can be, as the Jackson 5 sang long ago. Selection? Now that’s another thing altogether. Two recent controversies – one in Ireland,...
                         
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