(June 5): In the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson smashed the world record for the 100m dash. He leapt to the finish line in just 9.79 seconds, a timing that was then scarcely believable. His competitors included Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Linford Christie, who were blown away.

Johnson was feted as a god-like figure. The photo of his muscular frame crossing the finishing line was on every front page. He told reporters that his record would last 100 years.

However, within days of the race, joy turned to dismay. To the shock of his supporters, Johnson had failed a drugs test. A performance-enhancing substance called stanozolol was found in his urine. Stanozolol helps athletes get stronger and build muscle mass.

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