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Ben Johnson: The World's Fastest Human

Ben Johnson sets a world record (9.83 seconds) in the 100-metre sprint at the 1987 world championships in Rome. He smashes the old record by a tenth of a second, a feat so dramatic it fuels speculation about drug use. Johnson receives the Order of Canada and is named Canada's athlete of the year.
. Following Ben Johnson's record-setting victory in Rome, American sprinter Evelyn Ashford spoke to Carl Lewis, her teammate and Johnson's archrival. "You can [run that fast] too, you know," she told her stunned compatriot. "But now you have to."
Medium: Radio
Program: World Report
Broadcast Date: Aug. 31, 1987
Host: Michael Butler, Rex Loring
Reporter: Ron Wilson
Duration: 2:08

Last updated: January 13, 2012

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