Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Usain Bolt did not use drugs
Posted on 19 August 2009 at 14:16
Tags: 100 meters, drugs, negative, test, usain bolt

Usain Bolt is not on drugs, according to the verdict from the IAAF, which took the unusual step of issuing a statement to say that all eight finalists from the men’s 100 metres final on Sunday night had tested negative to performance-enhancing drugs.
It was a declaration not issued in relation to any other event at the world championships.
Bolt’s commanding performance on Sunday – in which he set a world record of 9.58 seconds – has added to the three world records he set in Beijing and left some questioning whether any human is capable of such performances without chemical assistance. Bolt has long maintained he is clean and has taken a strong anti-drugs stance.
Scepticism always surrounds the men’s sprints after a string of top contenders and champions have tested positive in the past two decades. Men such as Justin Gatlin, Linford Christie and Ben Johnson have all been embroiled in drug-cheating scandals.

It is very difficult to believe that Usain Bolt did not use performance enhancing drugs to help him smash the world record in the 100 meter final in the World Championships. In an age where every sports record is tarnished by a drug scandal, Usain Bolt is guilty by association. It is my hope that he truly is a “clean” athlete, but I will not be holding my breath. If he is a natural athlete, this is truly an incredible performance that may never be equaled again.

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