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Ben Johnson denies any wrongdoing

In 1976, Benjamin Sinclair Johnson was just a skinny immigrant kid struggling to make his high school track team. A decade later, he was a destroyer of world records, the "world's fastest man." Then it all came crashing down. His positive steroid test at the 1988 Seoul Olympics made headlines around the world, forever changing perceptions of Canadian athletes, the sport of track and field, and Ben Johnson.

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In a brief press conference, Johnson denies taking illicit drugs and asks for some privacy.
Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Oct. 4, 1988
Guest(s): Paul Dupré, Ben Johnson
Host: Barbara Frum, Paul Griffin
Duration: 2:35

Last updated: November 28, 2012

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