January 31, 2003 |
An athlete who trained with controversial coach Charlie Francis said Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery should ignore criticism they've received for working with Francis, who admitted he supplied steroids to sprinter Ben Johnson before Johnson won the gold medal in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. "There are only a handful of coaches in the world who can coach someone at that level.
March 16, 1989 |
Despite suggestions to the contrary Wednesday by Ben Johnson's attorney, Canadian sprinter Angella Taylor Issajenko reiterated her previous testimony that Johnson was aware he had used anabolic steroids and other banned substances. But she said that Johnson's positive test for a steroid, stanozolol, after he had won the 100 meters in the 1988 Olympic Games still confuses her because she does not believe that he used that particular drug within a year of competing in Seoul.
April 11, 1989 |
Sprinter Desai Williams denied today that he began taking steroids along with teammate Ben Johnson in 1981. Charlie Francis, who coached Canada's sprint team through the 1988 Summer Olympics, has identified Williams as one of the athletes who for years took the banned drugs. "Charlie knew my thoughts on anabolic steroids," Williams told a federal inquiry into drugs in amateur sport, adding that he is opposed to the drugs. Williams, 29, said Francis took him in 1981 to see Dr. Gunter Helge Koch of Toronto, where he had a physical examination.
March 2, 1989 |
Charlie Francis is singing like a bird, and his song is too loud and shrill to be ignored. Charlie is the star witness at Canada's Dubin Inquiry into performance-drug abuse. He is the whistle-blowing, mud-slinging, bean-spilling, stone-turning, finger-pointing, gut-spilling, chop-busting track coach who, he says, steered Ben Johnson into steroids and who, he says, has the bad goods on many, many track and field greats, dating back almost to Pheidippides.