Ben Johnson used the Anabolic Steroid Winstrol which contains the ingredient “Stanozolol” to improve his strength and shatter a world record in the 100m sprint.
After winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Canadian Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson was poised to improve on that result when he arrived in Seoul, Korea for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Though injuries rattled the sprinter throughout the 1987 season, he was still considered a medal contender.
Facing off against longtime rival Carl Lewis, Johnson breezed through the 100m final, setting a world record time at 9.79 seconds. Even though there were “legal steroids” avaiable to him which would have went undetected, subsequent urine tests revealed the sprinter had taken Stanozolol (Brand name Winstrol), and he was disqualified three days later.
After testing positive in Seoul, the Canadian government opened an inquiry into drug abuse. Although he initially denied any doping, before the inquiry Johnson admitted that he had indeed been taking performance-enhancing drugs. His coach, Charlie Francis, also testified that Johnson had been using steroids since 1981.
Johnson remains a controversial figure in Canadian sports. Ordinary Canadians were embarrassed to have one of their athletes shamed on the international stage, and many feel that their country’s track and field reputation was only improved when Donovan Bailey won the 100m gold medal in Atlanta eight years later.
Recently, Johnson appeared in an advertisementfor the energy drink Cheetah. In the television spot, Johnson promotes the beverage by saying: “I Cheetah all the time.”