October 10, 1990 |
Ben Johnson may trade his spikes for showshoes--yes, snowshoes--and compete for Canada in the 1990 Nordic sprint championships. Nick Akers, executive director of the Canadian Amateur Snowshoe Assn., said Tuesday his group has invited Johnson to compete in the championships in Edmonton, Alberta, on Dec. 9. "I think Ben would add a lot of credibility to the sport, because I don't think you can find any snow-shoers in the world who would come close to him," Akers said.
March 14, 1990
Sprinter Ben Johnson has been sued for breach of contract and damages of $425,000 by his Canadian agent. Toronto-based Communique Ltd. negotiated Canadian contracts for Johnson, who was stripped of the gold medal he won in the 100 meters at the Seoul Olympics for taking steroids. The U.S. companies Heritage Sports, Heritage Group Inc. and Diversified Equities Ltd., which hold the runner's worldwide rights, are also being sued.
August 10, 1990 |
Ben Johnson got the green light from the Canadian government to return to competition, but his eligibility for teams sanctioned by the Canadian Olympic Assn. has not been determined, the association said today. The COA, which has jurisdiction over Canadian participation in the Olympics and the Pan American Games, said in a news release that it reserves the right to extend any suspension imposed by national or international federations.
January 27, 1991 |
Ben Johnson ran to victory in the 55-meter dash of the Ottawa Winternational indoor meet Saturday night, his first victory since the drug-tainted Olympic 100-meter final in 1988. With about 6,000 fans cheering him on, Johnson hit the finish tape in 6.20 seconds, .01 seconds ahead of Canadian Brian Morrison. In third was Floridian Daron Council, who spoiled Johnson's celebrated return to track by edging him at 50 meters in the Hamilton, Ontario indoor meet two weeks ago.
February 13, 1988 |
World 100-meter champion Ben Johnson signed a $2.5-million, five-year sponsorship deal with an Italian shoe and clothing company Friday. Johnson, from Canada, signed with Diadora, which has sponsored tennis players Bjorn Borg of Sweden, Guillermo Vilas of Argentina, and Formula One racing drivers Alain Prost of France and Niki Lauda of Austria. The contract is believed to be the largest individual sponsorship deal in track and field. Johnson, who set the world record of 9.
August 14, 1987 |
Ben Johnson of Canada won the 100-meter dash in an even 10 seconds Thursday at the Koblenz international track and field meet. Stanley Floyd was second in 10.39 seconds. William van Dijck of Belgium had the best time of the year in the 3,000-meter steeplchase, 8:13.27. Britain's Steve Ovett finished a disappointing 11th in the 5,000 meters.