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March 3, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
In the 11 months after he broke the 100-meter world record at the World Championships at Rome in August, 1987, Ben Johnson used anabolic steroids during three different periods, his coach, Charlie Francis, said Thursday.
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February 7, 2003 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Crisis averted. The hypocrites in expensive suits won their pound of flesh. Marion Jones said Wednesday she has stopped working with coaches Derek Hansen and Charlie Francis because "I'm not naive enough to think continuing my association might not hurt my career," and the suits are ecstatic.
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February 6, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Marion Jones has cut her ties to controversial coach Charlie Francis, saying she regretted severing an association that refined her form and restored her confidence but felt it was necessary for the sake of the sport and her career.
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January 31, 2003 | Helene Elliott
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.
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March 16, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
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.
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April 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 2, 1989 | Scott Ostler
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.
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January 31, 2003 | Helene Elliott
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.
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January 18, 1991 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charlie Francis would not be coming to the door because he was on the phone. The slim, cordless handset seems bonded to his palm in these days of hysteria and empire building and career loss. It is Francis' lifeline. There is much to talk about and, at least for the moment, many who want to listen. He's keen on explaining the role of drugs in sport, exposing idiots in its bureaucracy and exploring why he--who has told the truth while others have lied--has been pilloried and defamed.
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April 13, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Canadian runner testified today that when he and sprinter Desai Williams were at Clemson University 10 years ago, they and other Canadian athletes took steroids. Williams earlier told a Canadian inquiry into drugs and sports that he took the banned muscle-building drug only briefly in 1987 and angrily denied allegations that he began taking steroids in 1979. But sprinter Dave McKnight, who was Williams' roommate at Clemson, said he and Williams took steroid tablets together.
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April 12, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
One of two Canadian sprinters to advance to the 100-meter finals in the Seoul Olympics said Tuesday that he and Ben Johnson were given a honey and vinegar mixture that was supposed to help them beat the post-race drug test. But Desai Williams told the Canadian government's inquiry into drug use by athletes that he and Johnson did not drink the mixture after the race as instructed by their physician, Jamie Astaphan. Johnson, who won the race, subsequently was disqualified after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
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April 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 5, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
When Ben Johnson's coach, Charlie Francis, alleged last week that the U.S. Olympic Committee conspired with athletes to beat drug testing at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, it was not the first time that charge has been made by a Canadian. Months before the Games, a Canadian Olympic Assn. official wrote a letter to Col. F. Don Miller, the USOC's executive director at the time, expressing concern about a USOC educational drug program.
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March 8, 1989 | JULIE CART
Canadian Coach Charlie Francis, who claimed that sprinter Ben Johnson's urine sample at the Seoul Olympics was spiked with a banned steroid, told an acquaintance in Seoul that Johnson had worried that he might test positive. Lynda Huey, who was at Seoul working for NBC-TV and as a physical therapist for some American athletes, said Tuesday that Francis had bragged to her about Johnson's preparations for a showdown against U.S. sprinter Carl Lewis.
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April 6, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Andrew Mowatt, who has competed for Canada in both the Winter and Summer Olympics, said Wednesday that Ben Johnson once offered him money for an anabolic steroid injection. Mowatt, a track sprinter and a bobsledder, also told the Canadian government's inquiry into drug use by athletes that he was given steroids by Coach Charlie Francis and Dr. Jamie Astaphan without his knowledge.
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