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Lance Armstrong has a supporter in former sprinter Ben Johnson

September 23, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Lance Armstrong still has at least one fan out there.
Lance Armstrong still has at least one fan out there. (Thao Nguyen / Associated…)

At least one person feels sympathy for Lance Armstrong.

The disgraced cyclist got a vote of confidence over the weekend from fellow drug cheat Ben Johnson.

"We are all human beings," Johnson told insidethegames.com. "We all make mistakes in life. I feel for him."

Twenty-five years ago, Johnson won the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics only to fail a drug test and be stripped of his gold medal. The incident ranked as sport's biggest doping scandal -- until Armstrong came along.

Earlier this year, Armstrong admitted to doping throughout a career that saw him win seven Tour de France titles. Sports officials have banned him from sanctioned competition.

"Hopefully he will overcome the situation -- but it's going to be tough for quite a while," Johnson said. "I should know."

The former sprinter has been trying to make amends with an international tour to speak about the evils of performance-enhancing drugs. After appearances in Europe, the U.S., Australia and Japan, he is scheduled to visit Seoul Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.

"Not a lot has changed in the last 25 years," he said. "People are still testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs like they were when I was competing."

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