Athletics: 1976 Olympic shot put champion Beyer admits doping

BERLIN (AP) - Former Olympic shot put champion Udo Beyer has for the first time admitted doping, saying in a documentary that it was his personal decision and he won the gold medal in 1976 in Montreal because he was "the best" and not because he doped.

Beyer competed for East Germany, which had a systematic doping program for its top athletes, many of whom have said they were not aware they were being given performance-enhancing substances.

Speaking in the film "The Lone Wolf" shown at the Berlin Film Festival this week, Beyer says he knew what was happening and "things I did were my own decision".

Beyer says he won the Olympic title "because I was the best in the competition" and not because he doped.

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