• The Dirtiest Race in History

  • Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100M Final
  • By: Richard Moore
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 23-03-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (60 ratings)

Summary

The 1988 Seoul Olympics played host to what has been described by some as the dirtiest race of all time, by others as the greatest. The final of the men's 100 metres at those Olympics is certainly the most infamous in the history of athletics, and more indelibly etched into the consciousness of the sport, the Olympics, and a global audience of millions, than any other athletics event before or since.
Ben Johnson's world-record time of 9.79 seconds - as thrilling as it was - was the beginning rather than the end of the story. Following the race, Johnson tested positive, news that generated as many - if not more - shockwaves as his fastest ever run. He was stripped of the title, with Lewis awarded the gold medal, Linford Christie the silver and Calvin Smith the bronze.
More than two decades on, the story still hadn't ended. In 1999 Lewis was named Sportsman of the Century by the IOC, and Olympian of the Century by Sports Illustrated. Yet his reputation was damaged by revelations that he too used performance-enhancing drugs, and tested positive prior to the Seoul Olympics. Christie also tested positive in Seoul but his explanation, that the banned substance had been in ginseng tea, was accepted. Smith, now a lecturer in English literature at a Florida university, was the only athlete in the top five whose reputation remains unblemished - the others all tested positive at some stage in their careers.
Containing remarkable new revelations, this book uses witness interviews - with Johnson, Lewis and Smith among others - to reconstruct the build-up to the race, the race itself, and the fallout when news of Johnson's positive test broke and he was forced into hiding. It also examines the rivalry of the two favourites going into it, and puts the race in a historical context, examining its continuing relevance on the sport today, where every new record elicits scepticism.
©2012 Richard Moore (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Abi on 14-06-16

Insightful

This is probably the best sports book I've listened to or read. I remember the furore that the drugs scandal caused at the time and vaguely recall references to " the mystery man". Well worth a listen

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5 out of 5 stars
By rowland on 15-09-15

Excellent..👊

....This is an excellent account of the day we all remember the 100 m final ..👍

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4 out of 5 stars
By Will on 13-01-17

amazing

if you're interested in doping in sports you'll enjoy this book. A lot of details.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 30-01-15

Sad sad story

An in depth look back at the events leading up to and surrounding the race that changed the way we look at athletics.

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