Monday, August 11, 2008

The Raised Finger

Ben Johnson. It has been 20 years since that race but some events just stick in memory.



Side Note: Carl Lewis when he was eventually handed over the gold medal 3 days after this race, was interviewed immediately after getting the medal. He said "I could see the pain in his eyes. He was undergoing massive pain. That's what drugs do to you" etc.. etc. I believed his self-righteous speech. Many years later Sports Illustrated found out that C. Lewis was banned before 1988 Olympics for taking drugs and that the ban was overturned just prior to the Olympics.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Steroids or No steroids.. That was my first 100m race.. WOW... what an athelete.. shame that he was busted.. deserves it for being a bonehead....

-Ganesh

Anonymous said...

It was Ben Johnson who handed over the medal 3 days after the race.

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