Yesterday’s reports that American record-holder Tyson Gay and Jamaican teammates Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson had all tested positive for banned substances immediately tarnished the accomplishments of two of the top five sprinters (Gay and Powell) in the world of track and field.
But cheating scandals surrounding the world’s elite sprinters are nothing new. In fact, it seems to be the defining characteristic of the sport.
3. Here is a list of the 10 fastest 100-meter runners of all time:
4. Here is that same list with the sprinters who, at some point tested positive for PEDs, highlighted in red:
In other words, six out of the top ten male sprinters have, in one way or another, been caught cheating. And this list doesn’t even include Canada’s Ben Johnson, who had his gold medal stripped after setting a world record time of 9.79 in the 1988 Summer Olympics.
So now the question becomes, is Bolt just that good or is he just like everyone else?