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 Rankings ‘bang’ pre-empts Nitro I’m as gung-ho for Nitro as the next bro’, but we should not become so bedazzled by the Big Bang Theory of Australian athletics as to ignore minor, but just as spectacular, explosions along the way. Reference the annual merit...
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...
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...
A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Cinque Mulini – Gelato Misto, not plain vanilla Cinque Mulini representatives were easy to spot back in the day. Organisers of the traditional Italian cross-country race usually had a smile on their faces like a kid with an ice-cream. The Cinque was held the...
Tiernan fastest Australian 10,000 debutant A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe For those of us yet to meet a statistic we don’t like*, there were some interesting figures surrounding Patrick Tiernan’s Zatopek win. One, Tiernan’s was the fastest debut 10,000 by an Australian male. Two, he became the first Australian...
What more can Kipchoge do? A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe It’s that end-of-the-year time when we (some of us, anyway) turn our attention to who might be the athlete of the year. AOY as the most common abbreviation goes. The IAAF AOYs will be announced this weekend. At the...
Tiernan echoes of Melbourne ‘56 A Column By Len Johnson It might be drawing a long bow, but there’s nothing wrong with drawing long bows: when Patrick Tiernan became NCAA cross-country champion last weekend I saw a link going back to the Melbourne Olympic Games 60 years earlier. How so? Well, Tiernan...
Melbourne's Olympics 60 years on: A Column By Len Johnson Sixty years ago this Monday (21 November), a crowd a quarter of a million strong choked the streets of Melbourne, bringing traffic to a standstill. “The throng had little motive other than to be there,” a contemporary report ran, “and to...
Why Zatopek remains relevant: A Column By Len Johnson Ron Clarke hailed Emil Zatopek as the greatest distance runner who ever lived, not only for his performances, but also for his personality. Four Olympic gold medals – the 10,000 metres in London in 1948 and the unprecedented, and unequalled, distance treble...
Cargo bolt comes up the river: A Column By Len Johnson Cargo cult mentality refers to a belief by some Melanesian islanders that all their world issues would be resolved by the landing of an airplane carrying supplies and goods. This belief grew in the 19th and early 20th centuries and...
                   

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