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Dope cheats who sprinted from stardom to shame

September 24, 2013 18:24 IST

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It was exactly 25 years that Ben Johnson shamed athletics when he sprinted to victory in the men's 100 metres final with an amazing timing of 9.79 seconds to win the Olympic gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Games.

While Johnson later failed a drug test, losing the Olympic title and his reputation, it has not stopped the other top sprinters in the years to come from trying the evil of drugs to better their performance.

A look at the sprinters who have been involved in doping scandals in the past 25 years.

Ben Johnson (Canada)

Stripped of his 100 metres gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics after testing positive for banned steroids. Still the biggest scandal to hit the Olympic Games.


Image: Ben Johnson celebrates winning the gold in the men's 100 metres at the Seoul Olympic Games on September 24, 1988.
Photographs: Mike Powell/Getty Images

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Thanou/Kenteris were accused of faking a motorcycle crash

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Katerina Thanou/Kostas Kenteris (Greece).

Thanou (100 metres silver medallist in Sydney) and her Greek team mate Kenteris (Sydney 200 metres champion) were accused of faking a motorcycle crash just before the 2004 Athens Olympics to skip a dope test. They were later given two-year bans.


Image: Ekaterini Thanou (left) and Konstantinos Kederis
Photographs: Getty Images

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Krabbe competed at an Olympics after a ban for doping

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Katrin Krabbe (Germany)

Double sprint champion at the 1991 world championships in Tokyo who never competed at an Olympics after a ban for the anabolic agent clenbuterol.


Image: Katrin Krabbe
Photographs: Gray Mortimore/Allsport/Getty Images

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Christie tested positive for the steroid nandrolone

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Linford Christie (Britain).

At 32, the oldest man to win the Olympic 100 metres title with victory in Barcelona in 1992. Seven years later, in semi-retirement, tested positive for the steroid nandrolone.


Image: Linford Christie (right) celebrates winning the men's 100 metres final at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992
Photographs: Gray Mortimore/Allsport/Getty Images

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Mitchell was banned for two years in 1998

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Dennis Mitchell (US)

The American, who won gold as part of the US 4x100 metres relay team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, was banned for two years in 1998 for excessive levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.


Image: Dennis Mitchell
Photographs: Andy L/Allsport/Getty Images

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Ottey was banned from the 1999 world athletics championships

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Merlene Ottey (Slovenia)

Jamaican-born sprinter who won world 200 titles but was banned from the 1999 Seville world athletics championships after a positive test for nandrolone. Later cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).


Image: Merlene Ottey (left) takes the lead during a 100 metres race at the World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, on August 2, 1997
Photographs: Mike Powell/Allsport/Getty Images

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Chambers was banned for two years in 2003 after testing positive

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Dwain Chambers (Britain)

Finished fourth in the 100 final at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but was banned for two years in 2003 after testing positive for the designer steroid THG in the BALCO laboratory scandal.


Image: Dwain Chambers
Photographs: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Montgomery admitted to doping at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

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Tim Montgomery (US)

Also implicated in the doping scandal that engulfed the San Francisco BALCO laboratory. The American set a 100 metres world record of 9.78 in 2002 but later admitted to doping at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


Image: Tim Montgomery
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images
Tags: BALCO , US

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Olympic champion Jones was jailed for lying to federal investigators

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Marion Jones (US)

Montgomery's partner and the biggest victim of the BALCO scandal, Jones became the first woman to win five track and field medals at a single Olympics at Sydney 2000 After years of denial, she confessed to being a drugs cheat and was jailed for lying to federal investigators.


Image: Marion Jones on the podium after winning gold in the 200 metres final at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, on September 8, 2000.
Photographs: Mike Powell/Allsport/Getty Images

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White admitted to using a cocktail of drugs

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Kelli White (US).

Another BALCO victim who admitted to using a cocktail of drugs after winning the 100-200 double at the 2003 Paris world championships.


Image: Kelli White
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Gatlin has served two doping bans

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Justin Gatlin (US)

The American, who won gold in the 100 at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has served two doping bans, including four years for excessive levels of testosterone. He won 100 metres bronze at the 2012 London Olympics and two silvers at this year's world championships.


Image: Justin Gatlin
Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic

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Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)

Twice Olympic 200 metres champion who is suspended after testing positive for a banned diuretic at a meeting in May this year.


Image: Veronica Campbell-Brown
Photographs: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Simpson tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilophrine

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Sherone Simpson (Jamaica)

Gold medallist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and a silver medallist last year in London as part of Jamaica's 4x100 metres relay teams, Simpson tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilophrine at June's Jamaican athletics championships.


Image: Sherone Simpson
Photographs: Nick Laham/Getty Images

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Powell tested positive for oxilophrine

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Asafa Powell (Jamaica)

Held the 100 world record between 2005 and 2008. Tested positive for oxilophrine at the national championships in June.


Image: Asafa Powell
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Gay tested positive for a unidentified substance

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Tyson Gay (US)

Completed a memorable sweep of sprint titles at the 2007 world championships in Osaka when he won the 100 and 200 metres and was part of the triumphant US 4x100 metres relay team. Tested positive for a unidentified substance in an out-of-competition test in May this year.


Image: Tyson Gay
Photographs: Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Tags: US , Osaka

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Baptiste withdrew from the world championships due to a doping violation

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Kelly-Ann Baptiste (Trinidad & Tobago)

A member of Gay's training group and 2011 world 100 metres bronze medallist, she withdrew from August's Moscow world championships on the opening day of competition for a doping violation.


Image: Kelly-Ann Baptiste
Photographs: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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