Ben Johnson

A Scandal

Sprinter or Drug Addict?

Ben Johnson was a Canadian sprinter who ran the 100 meter dash at the Seoul Olympic in 1988. He set a world record of 9.79 seconds and took home the gold medal. But soon after, he was stripped of his gold medal after stanozolol was found in his urine. After it was found, Johnson's medal was given to his rival, American Carl Lewis.

What is stanozolol?

Stanzolol is a man-made steroid, similar to the a naturally occurring steroid testosterone. It is generally used to treat hereditary angiodema. The drug improves muscle growth and the production of red blood cells, increases bone density, causes athletes to lose fat and retain a lean body mass, and stimulates their appetite. Common side effects include new or worsening acne, difficulty sleeping, headaches, nausea, vomiting, changes in skin color, and ankle swelling.


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