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on 6 August 2013
Brilliant. Takes what you know about Sprinting from the early '80's onwards and totally rewrites that history. Not just the tale of who took what, here we discover the motives, rivalries and high-level corruption which allowed such blatant cheating to flourish. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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on 16 October 2014
Really enjoyed this book. Really opened my eyes to the use of drugs in athletics and makes you wonder how many athletes are indeed using steroids of some kind. Went on to read Charlie Francis' book too.
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on 8 October 2015
A good read, with good insight into the race, the rivalry and the repercussions. The lack of input from the Carl Lewis was a bit of a disappointment but that was't for lack of trying from the author. Interesting to see more of a background to the most controversial 10 seconds in athletics history.
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on 8 April 2018
Well researched. Wide variety of sources. This was an entertaining book that captured the atmosphere and excitement of the Olympic final and the subsequent fallout.
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on 18 January 2015
A great read! You sympathise greatly with Johnson throughout the book and my childhood image of Carl Lewis as the good guy was totally ripped to shreds! Fascinating book if you are old enough to remember the times. Very interesting that the American public and press never took to Lewis as I certainly remember the British press (and me as a young athlete at the time) fawning all over him! Buy!
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on 22 November 2013
Great book, well written a real insight into the dirty world of past drug cheating athletes, really makes you think who is NOT on performance enhancing drugs, is it going on today, you can bet your bottom dollar it is.
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on 29 March 2013
The story of how two men approached winning at all costs and how their coaches influenced this thought process. Two men who will always be remembered for one race and how in some cases it changed peoples perceptions to supreme athletic performance. A really good Read from a personal point of view I tend to sympathize with Johnson somewhat as he was to my mind given the substances not just to win but to earn other people lots of money.
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on 12 September 2017
A brilliant examination of all the key actors involved in preparing and participating in the 1988 100 metres final. A fascinating read.
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on 7 November 2016
Very good
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on 10 April 2013
An extremely compulsive read this. Gripping from start to finish. Anyone with an interest in the Ben Johnson doping scandal couldn't fail to enjoy this. Highly recommended.
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