The men’s 100 meter is the race of all races, where the winner is crowned the “fastest man on earth.” Two Olympic Games ago, 2004 in Athens, Jamaica barely showed up for this race. They were an also-ran in track. They had one participant make the final, Asafa Powell who placed 5th with a 9.94.
Fast forward to 2012. Jamaica goes gold-silver in the men’s 100 meter, and they added a bevy of other medals in similar track events, men and women. Usain Bolt and Johan Blake, two Jamaicans, are now ranked the first and fourth fastest men ever recorded in the 100 meter race. Did this tiny, low-populated island in the Caribbean suddenly start producing world class athletes, or is some other shit going on? Many think the latter.
American track icon Carl Lewis is one of them.
“When people ask me about Bolt, I say he could be the greatest athlete of all time,” Carl Lewis told the Times of London. “But for someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period.”
It’s not just in the numbers, though. These guys are legitimately connected to performance enhancers, including a trainer, Angel Hernandez, who is directly connected to BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative, a business at the epicenter of the enormous steroid scandal of 2002). He had a shocking revelation to share prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, who just won the silver in the 100 and 200, tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug prior to the 2009 World Championships. Teammates Julian Dunkley and Steve Mullings have also been caught doping. Bolt reportedly has been working with Angel Hernandez, too. Hernandez used to be called Angel Heredia, back when he was a chemist for BALCO and later “Source A,” who supplied the documents that helped convict Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, C.J. Hunter and Justin Gatlin. Gatlin just took bronze in the 100, behind Bolt and Blake.
Before the games in Beijing, Heredia told Germany’s Der Spiegel that, regarding the 100-meter final, “the winner will not be clean. Not even any of the contestants will be clean. There is no doubt about it, the difference between 10.0 and 9.7 seconds is the drugs.”
Some valid points for sure. Where do you come in on this?
- [via CBS Chicago]