Science Questions

Would athletes drug each other's drinks?

Sun, 13th Jul 2008

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Question

Our very own Dave Ansell asked:

Iíve always wondered something. If you were a really evil athlete and you had a competitor could you drug their drink in the pub the night before the event and theyíd get knocked out of the competition?

Answer

We put this question to Professor Chris Cooper:

Thereís always claims.  Ben Johnson always thought thatís what happened to him.  Itís not clear it was.  Dieter Bowman, a famous West German runner, claimed he was drugged in his toothpaste.  There was some evidence that was the case.  If youíre running a marathon you always take your own drink and itís always sealed.  You donít take drinks that are lying around, people are concerned about it.

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