A documentary about the infamous men 100 metres final at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, featuring interviews with all eight runners, is released today. It's been given a PG rating, as it mild language and references to performance enhancing drugs
Ironically, the BBFC added that work was passed uncut which is more than can be said for the film's chief protagonist when he took to the starting blocks.
With his bulging eyes and increasingly bizarre behaviour leading up to the showdown it was in hindsight no surprise that Ben Johnson was wired. Three days after breaking his own world record in the race by running 9.79 seconds (reaching a peak speed of 27mph), the adopted Canadian was disqualified. His urine samples were found to contain stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. Canada was forced to hand back their first ever gold medal.
The outing of Johnson betrayal shook the sporting world it would be the equivalent of Usain Bolt testing positive now but questions have been asked if he wasn't the only cheat to line up at that final. A combination of medical evidence and speculation has since tainted the achievements of many of the men in the race, earning it the dubious accolade of being "the dirtiest race in history".
The marathon at the 1904 St Louis Olympic Games was held on a sweltering afternoon the mercury on thermometers rose to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and followed a challenging, mountainous course. The combination meant that just 14 of the 32 starters completed the race.
First back was New Yorker Fred Lorz, who staggered home in three hours and 13 minutes. Having been congratulated by and photographed with Alice Roosevelt, the President daughter, Lorz was just about to receive the gold medal when it became apparent that he had covered 11 of the 26.2 miles in a car. wholesale jerseys The crowd acclaim turned to anger and abuse, and Lorz was handed a lifetime ban (later lifted).
Lorz wasn't the only man pushing the definitions of the rules. Thomas Hicks, the American who was handed wholesale hockey jerseys the gold medal after Lorz's disqualification, was aided by a heady mix of strychnine sulfate (a common rat poison) and brandy a fusion that would not have been allowed in later years.
In his desire to win, Onischenko bent the rules by using a crooked sword. Having wired a switch into the handle of his pe, he was able to claim an electronic even when he missed. When Great Britain Adrian Parker and then countryman Jim Fox reported their doubts over the authenticity of Onischenko victories, his weapon was replaced, and he was eventually disqualified.
Fencing rules were subsequently changed so that grips that could hide wires or switches were banned.
On November 11, 1978, the mighty New Zealand All Black rugby team faced Wales at Cardiff Arms Park. Trailing 12 10 with seconds ticking down on what would have been their first defeat of the tour, they resorted to what can only be described as dirty tactics.
The All Blacks won a lineout deep in the opposition half. As the ball was thrown in, lock Andy Haden hardly the most flimsy character at 6ft 6in and 250lbs fell away from the set piece as though illegally cheap jerseys shoved. The referee awarded a penalty to the visitors, which full back Brian McKechnie (who you'll soon read about again) duly converted.
Later referee Roger Quittenton said that he had penalised lock Geoff Wheel for jumping on Franck Oliver, and although the All Blacks went on to win the game and all their matches against the northern hemisphere countries, the incident became known as great dive to victory and followed Haden, winner of 117 international caps, throughout the rest of his career.
In the closing minutes of the 2002 Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium, Leicester Tigers, up 15 9, were looking to hold on to their slender lead against a powerful Munster team. Facing an opposition scrum on their own five metre line and under extreme pressure, the England back cheap jerseys row forward, on the blindside of the referee, illegally nudged the ball out of Munster scrum half Peter Stringer hands, and back into the scrum on Leicester side.
The official missed the incident and Leicester gleefully punted the ball clear and won the game, leaving the Irish club fuming. In ironic reference to Diego Maradona own misdeeds against England football team in 1986 the moment became known as of BackForget about the recent revelations around Lance Armstrong and his rivals, when it came to cheating in the Tour de France this Belgian rider literally took the piss. After scaling Alpe d'Huez and gaining the famous yellow jersey in the 1978 Tour, the race leader failed his post stage drug test not because anything illegal had been found in his urine sample, but because the urine sample wasn his in the first place.
Officials organising the post stage test became suspicious when he pumping his elbow in and out as if playing a set of bagpipes conjuring up a deleted scene from Withnail and I. After 14 holes, Robertson playing companions called an official who disqualified him for repeatedly replacing his ball incorrectly on the greens.
It transpired that Carmouche, who initially protested his innocence, had dropped out of the one mile race as soon as he was out of view, only to rejoin it just before the rest of the field came round on the second lap. He finally admitted what he had done and served a ban for eight years.
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