Ben Johnson’s *9.79
Before Usain Bolt was shattering world records at the Olympics, there was Ben Johnson, a Jamaican-born Canadian specimen who made his name beating American hero Carl Lewis at every turn, and who pumped his way to a 9.79-seconds world record in the 1988 Seoul Olympics 100m sprint. While waiting for his scheduled post-race drug test, Johnson says that American sprinter (and Lewis’s Santa Monica Track Club teammate) Andre Jackson brought the champion a beer to celebrate, which he spiked with a substance that caused Johnson to fail the test, be stripped of his medal, and have him disgraced and barred from racing for three year. "Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t," was the only response Jackson offered when contacted by ESPN for a 30 for 30 documentary on the race. Rumors persist that Lewis, who eventually accepted the 1988 gold after Johnson fled town, tested positive for three stimulants during the Olympic trials, but the sample was deemed an "inadvertent positive" and his accomplishments were allowed to stand.