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 My good friend Brian Lenton has asked me to do a column on his latest book: Thredbo, 50 Years Running, 1968-2017. By way of disclaimer, this is as much of a disclaimer as you are going to get. As Brian once told me in another context:...
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...
So; there it is. A third Australian city will host a summer Olympics with the news that Brisbane is the likely host for the 2032 Olympic Games. Brisbane is not yet the designated host. Rather, the Queensland capital has been granted (checks notes) “preferred bidder status” on a list of...
There’s three days of Commonwealth Games athletics to go as I write this, but already I think I have my favourite moment. Forget the boringly tedious argument about whether it’s track and field or field and track - it’s just athletics, people – because my top moment of Birmingham 2022...
Written by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Usually, we go to a world championships knowing what to expect. We may not get all, much or any of what we expected, but we go with a clear vision. Doha 2019 is not like that. It doesn’t fit the norm. We don’t even...
Len Johnson Reporting from the World Champs, London – Runner’s Tribe Usain Bolt finished his last individual championship race with a touch of class, warmly embracing the winner, Justin Gatlin, and clapping him heartily on the back. It’s a pity spectators in the London Olympic stadium didn’t show the same amount of...
Sir Isaac Newton is reputed to have developed his theory of gravity after an apple fell from a tree under which he was sitting and landed on his head. Stunning insight, you might say. But it is Newton’s three laws of motion which are of interest here, specifically the last. For...
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...
  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Tarkine (takayna) (@tarkinerunning) Oslo – the Melbourne of the north | A column by Len Johnson A long time ago when we were all good young distance athletes, someone – Chris Wardlaw, I think – dubbed Melbourne the Oslo of the South. This...
A column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe In the world or precious stones, cut diamonds are more precious than raw, uncut diamonds. The cutting process – expensive in itself – adds value. Expertly cut diamonds will always have more value than raw, uncut diamonds of the same carat, colour and...
                 

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