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Barcelona '92 Olympics / Day 10 : Summer Games Spotlight : A Clean Sweep Of Doping Tests

August 04, 1992|MIKE DOWNEY | The Times

That sigh of relief you just heard was from Olympic officials and athletes alike.

International Olympic Committee spokesperson Michele Verdier said Monday: "1,049 anti-doping tests have been carried out so far, none of them positive."

These tests include athletes who competed in Saturday's track-and-field finals.

Ben Johnson--disqualified in 1988 after a positive drug test--was part of the men's 100-meter semifinal. And a controversy followed the women's 100-meter final when U.S. athlete Gwen Torrence, who placed fourth, accused others in her race of not being "clean."

The IOC, which rarely names names, specifically pointed out Monday that tests administered to Johnson and gold medalist Linford Christie proved negative for drugs, and that no positive results turned up for any of the eight women in the 100-meter final won by America's Gail Devers.

\o7 This a daily roundup of Olympic-related items from reporters in Barcelona from the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant, all Times-Mirror newspapers.\f7

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