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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 – Runner’s Tribe One of the great features of the build-up to the Zatopek 10,000 used to be seeing the main contenders showing their form with a race, maybe even two races, over 5000 metres. Let’s commemorate two great distance runners by calling it the Pre-Zatopek...
‘And all that I knew was the hole in my shoe which Was letting in water’, (Traffic, 1967) I blamed Carl Lewis. There I was, on the steps of the old Parliament House in Canberra, squinting into the sun and trying to explain to a national television audience on the Today show...
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...
Justice Delayed Finally Becomes Justice Delivered Written By Len Johnson Justice delayed is justice denied is an old legal maxim, but Jared Tallent belatedly received his Olympic gold medal at a ceremony in Melbourne on Friday. After a couple of sunny early winter’s days, Melbourne was beset with persistent drizzle for the...
Len Johnson – Runner’s Tribe Mo Farah won the final track race of his career in the same manner as many of his famous championships victories – looking utterly dominant while winning by centimetres. This was not just any old race. It was the 5000 metres at Zurich’s Weltklasse meeting, auspicious enough...
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...
Something to be said for insomnia There’s not much to be said for insomnia. Nothing to be said for it, in fact, for those who suffer from the full-blown sleeping disorder. There’s little more to be said for the occasional sleepless night either, except that cable television offers options that we...
Len Johnson Reporting from the World Champs, London – Runner’s Tribe Day six at the world championships and it was one of those this way, thataway, haven’t we been here before scenarios so beloved of film directors. Sliding doors, chances taken, chances missed – that sort of thing. One place we definitely...
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...
Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Whenever my gaze is drawn to what, in the circumstances, might be called the ‘wrong’ side of our microwave, I find John Stanley, Chris Wardlaw and Dave Fitzsimons looking back at me. Surprisingly, perhaps, the images of these three distinguished Australian distance runners of the 1970-80s...