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The 1988 Olympics in Seoul South Korea proved to be one of the most exciting Olympic games of all time World records fell in everyday of the 14-day event in every sport ranging from shuttlecock to track and field records fell like dominos The most competitive sport in the 1988 Olympiad was the mens 100-meter dash with a field consisting of the ten fastest men in the world at the time World record holder Ben Johnson who shattered the world record by thirteen hundreds of a second a month earlier and 1984 Olympic 100-meter dash champion Carl Lewis highlighted the field The winner of this race would carry with him the title of being the Worlds Fastest ManAs the competitors lined up at the starting line they knew the race would be over in less than ten seconds The gun sounds off and the start is clean Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson are tied for the lead at the thirty-meter mark but the next seventy-meters would prove to be the most disappointing seventy-meters in Carl Lewiss life After the thirty-meter mark Ben Johnson pulled away from Carl Lewis and the rest of the field with little effort and crossed finish line first winning the race by seven meters over Carl Lewis Seven meters is an eternity in the 100-meter dash Ben Johnson now had the title of Worlds Fastest Man Four days later that title and his medal would be stripped from him The International Olympic Committee had found evidence that Ben Johnson had been using anabolic steroids a substance banned by the International Olympic Committee IOC and the International Amateur Athletic Federation IAAF which are the two governing bodies for amateur athletics Ben Johnson was not only stripped of his medal but was indefinitely suspended from competing in track and field He ran his fast times by using a banned substance but still it was a man that did it not a machine This
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