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Johnson’s conspiracy theory cites Lewis

From the Associated Press

Disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson has claimed rival Carl Lewis played a part in a conspiracy to sabotage his drug sample at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Johnson set a world record of 9.79 seconds to win the 100 meters at Seoul but was stripped of his gold medal and world record when he tested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol.

The Canadian-born sprinter since has admitted using banned drugs but insists his positive test at Seoul was the result of a conspiracy to discredit him.

Johnson told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper in a Dec. 1 interview that he drank beer with a former U.S. football player -- “a family friend” of Lewis’ -- in the drug test waiting room at Seoul and that his beer had been tainted with stanozolol.

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Asked whether Lewis was involved, Johnson said: “I won’t say too much but ... he’s involved.”

Lewis’ manager, Joe Douglas, rejected Johnson’s claims, telling the Herald Sun: “Carl had absolutely nothing to do with Ben testing positive.

With Johnson’s disqualification, Lewis was awarded the gold medal.

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