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.

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A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Being a selector is often a thankless task – literally, in the sense that not many of those selected ever think to say ‘thank you’, and, figuratively, in the sense that it is bloody hard work. So perhaps it is fitting that the...
When you can win by losing | A Column By Len Johnson The descriptors applied to selection trials overwhelmingly emphasise the drama. Cut-throat, sudden-death, fourth is the worst possible place – insert your cliché of choice. Seldom is it mentioned that trials, along with heats and qualifying rounds, are one of...
No 10,000m at Pre', plus Rio medals returned. A column by Len Johnson – Runner’s Tribe No Mo' Ten Pardon me. The realisation hit late. It is the eve of the Prefontaine Classic and I have just noticed there is no 10,000. It may not have the storied history of our own Zatopek...
From Rabat to Kampala A Colum By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe This Sunday, the Australian teams to contest the world cross-country championships leave for Kampala. It is just on 42 years since Australia first contested the event in Rabat, Morocco, on 16 March, 1975. Now, 42 might seem a strange anniversary...
A column by Len Johnson – Runner’s Tribe Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This definition is attributed to Albert Einstein. It has also become such an over-used cliché, according to the smarty-pants people at news and opinion website Salon, that further use...
A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe One fan's race is another fan's procession Lots of people characterised the Rio men’s Olympic 1500 metres final as “boring”. All I can say is that for a boring race it continues to generate plenty of passionate discussion. The latest to-and-fro I’ve seen on...
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...
A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe It is entirely fitting that Steve Moneghetti’s induction into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame should have been announced the week of the world cross-country championships. Despite his great achievements at the marathon and on the track, it was the world cross-country which...
A Column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe While we’ve been wondering who might ever beat Mo Farah, not to mention how they might do it, a quiet revolution has been going on in distance running. That would be women’s distance running we are talking about. World records are being broken,...
A Column By Len Johnson – Runner’s Tribe Dipping a foot in the water My running shoes are drying out as I write from Falls Creek. Haven’t had to do that for a few years. The annual Christmas-New Year trek to the Bogong High Plains has been marked by fine, dry and...