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TheSeoul 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 smetres at those Olympics is certainly the most infamous in the history of athletics, and 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 ofseconds 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 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 InLewis 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

14 thoughts on “The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100M Final (Audio Download): Richard Moore, Traber Burns, Audible Studios for Bloomsbury: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Michael Pieri Michael Pieri says:

    An iconic moment in sporting history captured superbly I still remember waking up early in the morning as a teenager to watch the race, utterly encapsulated by the prospect of watching the race I was a Johnson fan and delighted he won Days later the world of sport seemed to cave in as he was outed as a drugs cheat Devasting for a fan of Johnson and of sport in general Of course over the years much of this story has been told but this book delves into the personalities as much as the story of the race This isn t a book that points fingers, it is about attitudes and tries to assess why the protagonists did what they did Coaches insights are included too.Ben Johnson broke the hearts of many sports fans yet this book humanises his role and he comes across as an individual to pity not to demonise So much to like about this book well written and great stories enveloped around a time in sport many would want to forgot Personally that race was a part of my childhood and this book brought it all backI just wish it was around when I used the race as the subject for my PE coursework A great read and huge congratulations to the author.

  2. richard lewis richard lewis says:

    I am fascinated by cheats in sport, and until the Lance Armstrong scandal, Ben Johnson was the cheat in sport I like Ben Johnson, I don t think he is the devil he has been portrayed to be To this end, this book gives a balanced account of the 1988 Seoul race, and the degree to which Ben was or less villainous than the other competitors.Anyone interested in sport and scandals should read this book.

  3. JM JM says:

    Although the case of Ben Johnson is notorious, I was only vaguely aware of his intense rivalry with Carl Lewis The rivalry on the track, was than outmatched by the goings on, off it This book gives a fascinating insight into the politics behind athletics, and some historical context to what is happening now with regards to drug testing, suspensions, authorised neutral athletes and the pressure to succeed.As an indication of how compelling this book actually is, I ve spent the past week seeking out further reading on the subject via the bibliography and references.

  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    During London 2012 my interest in the men s 100 metre final switched on again as it does during every Olympic Games This time round I wanted to read something about the recent history of the event and came across this book It describes what is perhaps the most controversial race ever Like most, I had only casually listened to the news when Ben Johnson was stripped of his medal.I wanted to know the full story and that is why I bought this book.It is written is a very readable style It provides the reader with the facts and leaves you to draw your own conclusions about what may have really happened It is a real eye opener Amongst other things, this book examines the rivalry between Johnson and Carl Lewis in great detail It considers their respective backgrounds, coaching and such like before building up to how they both came face to face in Seoul 1988.I do not want to spoil your read, but can say that if anyone were to ask me now what I thought of Ben Johnson, I would say that steroids do not make champions A champion is a champion due to their relentless hard work year in, year out Unfortunately, the use of steroids has infiltrated amateur sports due to the massive sums of money that athletes can get from commercial sponsors Everyone wants to be the best Everyone wants to win Viewed in this context, is it at all surprising that the top athletes and their coaches will want to surpass normal human limitations by using performance enhancing drugs I am firmly of the view that Ben Johnson was not alone and indeed may have been set up though like I say, the author does not promote conspiracy theories he just presents the facts in a most brilliant objective manner.This book has a nice hard cover and comes at a very reasonable price I read it over a weekend and found it difficult to put down I would recommend it to everyone interested in sport or even to those just interested in modern world changing news events.Well done by the author Richard Moore.

  5. d baird d baird says:

    Just finished the Dirtiest Race in History, in spite of the fact that most of the facts are already in the public domain this book grips and takes you inside the minds of the main protagonists.People like Calvin Smith have the spotlight shone on them and it was fascinating to learn about Joe Douglas, the shadowy mentor to Carl Lewis, who seemed to exert great and sometimes undue influence in his career.Carl Lewis comes across as a selfish and evasive figure whilst the writer evokes a degree of sympathy when it comes to the sad figure of Ben Johnson As Calvin Smith says of himself, he should have won the gold medal, with the exception of Robson Da Silva, the rest of the field had failed drug tests of one type or another.Highly recommended and you don t need to know anything about athletics to enjoy this book as its really all about the personalities involved.


    I have really enjoyed this book.a good insight into the buildup fallout of a moment of olympic history.

  7. tim ashton tim ashton says:

    A very informative and well researched book The detail level is great, and quite shocking as to what went on I enjoy the way the author writes and was happy to learn about this part of sporting history.

  8. Marc Proudfoot Marc Proudfoot says:

    I could not put this book down.I am avid Track and Field fan and found this book opened up some new questions about one of the most exciting races in Track and Field history.The author did a great job pulling different story lines together leading up to an event that only lasted 9.79 seconds Superb work.

  9. Brad Weening Brad Weening says:

    Interesting read

  10. Martin Mac Mahon Martin Mac Mahon says:

    You get to realize that once the boys and girls began hitting the big time everybody wanted a piece of the action so everybody took to taking or agree that others should take PEDs

  11. james james says:

    This book was written almost 25 years after the race it describes It contains copious amounts of anecdotal behind the scenes moments which can only be found in a few sources, this book being one of them The author, Mr Moore, takes enough care to point out that which he could confirm through multiple interviews and also what still falls into the category of allegations even if they may be true Any athletics fan will be interested in this book and even people who do not pay attention to track and field can find the incredible amount of sub plots behind this race fascinating It has to be interesting in order to sell a book written in 2012 about a race which was run in 1988 Mr Moore deserves credit for doing many interviews for this book which add to both the details as well as the authentic tone To his credit, the author avoids seeming like a buzzard who is just making money off a in famous sporting event What may be incredible is that the reader is left with the impression that there still may yet be to tell about this race and corresponding time period in the sport While I will not give away all the tidbits of the book, Ben Johnson now has a spiritual adviser who has said Mr Johnson is a reincarnation of the Pharaoh Cheops and that Carl Lewis was the reincarnation of a rival from another Egyptian dynasty who wanted to claim the throne Does that sound like another average sports story Living proof that truth is stranger than fiction.

  12. MJ MJ says:

    Excellent, deeply researched book on the story behind the race of the century Read this book along with Charlie Francis Speed Trap and you ll come away with a clear eyed understanding of the inescapable pressures bearing down on elite track and field athletes like Ben Johnson Unlike recent books on fallen stars like Lance Armstrong, Moore is not a moral scold I found it refreshing to read an account of doping in sport that was not blemished by the writer s own sense of moral superiority Definitely pick up a copy of The Dirtiest Race In History.

  13. Dunte H. Dunte H. says:

    A well written exploration of the finalists in the 1988 Olympic 100 meter dash, their sporting attempts after that race, the growth of WADA and anti doping as an industry, and the bitter rivalry between Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis and everyone who supported them The book reads well, takes a unique angle by exploring the growth of anti doping agencies and their futile attempts to match the pace of drug development, and is great for any athletics fan.

  14. Dave keen Dave keen says:

    Ben Johnson was my hero when I was school kid in 1988 and I was gutted when he was disqualified but from reading this book the whole scene seemed to be rotten, bar a few like Calvin Smith This book was an excellent wrap up of the personalities, really feel you got to know what each individual was like and even though I knew the outcome of disqualification it was an edge of seat read if you followed the 1988 olympics and loved the rivialry then read this book