Science Questions

Would athletes drug each other's drinks?

Sun, 13th Jul 2008

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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?


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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