Athletics: I was 'nailed on a cross' for 25 years, says disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson
SEOUL (AFP) - Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson returned Tuesday to Seoul's Olympic Stadium - 25 years to the day after the steroid-assisted 100m final victory that destroyed his career and reputation.
The runner revisited the site of his stunning triumph and downfall to bring an anti-doping message for a sport still struggling to rid itself of banned substance use.
"It feels good to be back," Johnson told AFP as he stepped out onto the track where, at 1:30 pm on September 24, 1988, he lined up for a 100m final that would become known as the "dirtiest race in history".
"This is where history was made," Johnson said. "Some might call it bad history, but I don't see it that way," he added.