Running Again -- on Empty

Sprinter Ben Johnson is now drug free, but other athletes are using performance-enhancing steroids as much as ever

In the Seoul Olympics of 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won a 100-meter gold medal in 9.79 sec. His fall from grace came almost as fast, after it was revealed that he had used steroids to achieve his world-beating performance. His deception shocked the sports world and caused the loss of his medal, but it also held out the hope that athletes tainted by steroid use might finally forsake the drugs that many believe stimulate muscle growth and enhance strength. Last week, after two years' banishment, a steroid-free and noticeably less muscular Ben Johnson returned to the track in Hamilton, Canada,...

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