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IN Sports ON 24 Aug, 2016
Olympics and cheating have always gone hand in hand since the very creation of the games. Be it the individual players or the entire team who have tried to seek advantage over other competitors through unfair means.
However, they couldn't get away with it mich longer. Later, they were caught and had to pay for their doings.
You will be shocked to know what people can do for a moment in the spotlight. Here you go!
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At the 1936 Berlin Games German high jumper Dora Ratjen won 4th place in the women high jump and went to the gold medal in the European Athletics Championship where she broke the world record of high jumps. However, it was only discovered later that Dora had an advantage over the other participants. Dora was a man. Due to a confusion during birth and having very small genitals, he was raised as a girl.
Enderlein, East german luge athlete, won a gold medal while her teammates were placed second and fourth. Other athletes became suspicious when the team arrived just moments before the race ended and leave quickly after them. It was later revealed that the rails of their sleds were heated with chemicals before the race. This resulted in faster times by reducing friction with the ice.
Boris Onischenko particiapted in a number of events at the 1976 Montreal games. He went up against Britain during a fencing match but the British team complained that one of Boris' point was won without contact being made. His fencing sword was seized and examined. In Epee fencing, the tip of the foil must be flattened with a force of 750 gms, which completes a circuit.
Boris' foil had been modified so that he could complete the circuit without touching.
Madeline De Jesus was a track and field athlete at the 1984 Los Angeles games. During the long jump, she sustained a hamstring injury. She came up with a plan so that she can participate in the next event. Her twin sister, Margaret was present in the stands. As she was an athlete too, she switched places with her.
When head coach found out, he withdrew the team from the finals.
At the 1988 Seol games, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won gold in the men's 100-meter dash. he broke the world record during the process. It was later discovered that he has been using steroids days before the game.
After winning one gold and three bronze medals at the 1996 Atlanta games, Michelle was at the height of her career becoming the first ever Irish woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics.It all came crashing down when it was discovered that she tampered with her urine samples. She was allowed to keep her medals only because it was the samples that were taken after the Olympics that tested positive at the time.
After winning two bronze and three gold medals at the 2000 Sydney games. She was the first ever woman to win that many medals in track and field during the span of a single Olympic game. There were rumors about her using steroids, but she denied all the claims as never tested positive for the same.
However, in 2007 she confessed to the federal investigators that she had been using steroids before the Sydney games. She was stripped of her medals and sentenced to six months in prison for providing a false statement.