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 The theory of running rounds is that the best eight, 12 or 15 runners make the final. The cream rises to the top, so they say. But are there too many clots being pulled up with the cream. Two thoughts occurred to me about the track events...
A column by Len Johnson | Runner's Tribe All weeks have seven days, but some weeks seem to cram more in than others. The last week of May, 2018 was one such week. It began with Linden Hall setting an Australian record for 1500 metres at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League...
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...
Ours is a sport of precision. Following wind 2.00 metres per second – everything hunky-dory: 2.01 m/s – a different story. Run a 1:59:59 marathon on a course measuring 42.195km and you’re a barrier-breaking hero. If the course comes in at 42.194km, it just didn’t happen. Mostly precision is a good...
Meb just keeps bobbing up | A Column By Len Johnson I suppose I had seen him earlier, but I first became aware of Mebrahtom Keflezighi when he bobbed up for the silver medal in the Athens 2004 Olympic marathon. Keflezighi, who is the subject of a Runner’s Tribe video interview...
A column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe One year ends and another begins, just as it has for the past 40 years, at Falls Creek. What were once training camps have now become family holidays, but otherwise little has changed since my first visit here in 1978-79. Actually, lots of...
Rio 2016, have you met Melbourne 1956? A Column By Len Johnson “Your projects have been changed several times. Your sites, even including the main stadium, have been changed several times . . . you are contemplating changing the rowing to a site I have never heard of. “There seems to...
The day I beat Yifter A Column By Len Johnson – Runner’s Tribe The time I beat Miruts Yifter I wasn’t foolish enough to let it come down to a kick. I passed him mid-race. He was walking, which detracts, but only a little, from the fact that I can boast an...
Chronicler of our sport | A Column By Len Johnson I never formally met Mike Agostini, who died in Sydney on Thursday (12 May), but I consider myself in his debt. The debt is both personal and general. Personal, because my first published piece of journalism was a first-hand account of...
                                 
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