Is Usain Bolt on Steroids?

MC August 9, 2012 119
Is Usain Bolt on Steroids?

Is Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt on Steroids?

As we prepare to watch the 2012 Olympic Track and Field events, all eyes are squarely on Jamaican sprinter and world record holder Usain Bolt to see if he can match or surpass his blindingly fast times from the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. But does anyone care to investigate whether the world’s greatest sprinter — Usain Bolt is on steroids?

Usain Bolt’s Record Breaking History

In those 2008 Games, Bolt shocked the world by smashing the world record in the 100m and 200m races, becoming the first sprinter to ever crack the 9.7s barrier by running a 9.69s (including the early celebration that began 5m prior to the finish line) in the 100m and a 19.30s in the 200m. The following year at the 2009 World Championships, Bolt lowered his time in the 100m to a seemingly impossible 9.58s and in the 200m to a mind-numbing 19.19s.

The Case in Favor of Usain Bolt’s Steroid Use

In the three years since smashing two of the most famous world records in 2009, we haven’t heard much from Usain Bolt. Rumors of injuries and relationships kept him largely out of the public eye until he re-appeared on the scene at the 2011 World Championships, where he ran a more modest 19.40s in the 200m before anchoring a world record-breaking 400m relay for the Jamaican Team.

Since 2009, Bolt hasn’t come close to touching any of his records and his performance at the 2012 Olympic Trials (in which he ran a mortal 9.86s in the 100m and 19.83s in the 200m) seemed to indicate that his best times are well behind him.

But that would ignore the entire process of steroid cycling.

As everyone who understands steroids knows, athletes utilize Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) pursuant to a cycle that seeks to slowly elevate testosterone and growth hormone levels (and corresponding to an increase in performance) to a peak that is concurrent with a competition.

How Usain Bolt and other Olympic Sprinters Can Beat Olympic Drug Testing

A typical PED cycle would begin 12 weeks out from competition with the target date being the day prior to or of the competition. Along with the use of undetectable steroids and daily growth hormone injections, the athlete would also have his blood drawn on a daily basis to monitor his testosterone and rhGH ratios in an effort to keep them within Olympic World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) testing limits. Close monitoring of these ratios allow an Olympic sprinter such as Bolt to both use PEDs up to the day of competition while still comfortably submitting to multiple drug tests.

This isn’t evidence particular to Usain Bolt, as it could just as easily describe the protocol that every Olympic sprinter is using to pass the drug tests. However, it is mentioned simply to point out how easily Olympic athletes are able to pass an Olympic-level drug test, even with the highest levels of scrutiny. The bottom line is that if an athlete is within the permissible testosterone and rhGH ratios, he is deemed clean. The reality is that any athlete who doesn’t maximize his testosterone and rhGH levels to the maximum permissible level has no chance of breaking a world record.

For example, let’s assume that a talented NCAA sprinter has a testosterone ratio (testosterone: epitestosterone) of 1:1 which is considered normal, or average. The current WADA guidelines permit a ratio of up to 4:1. Given the fact that the only way for an NCAA sprinter to make any money sprinting is to win international competitions and garner endorsements, what reason could that NCAA sprinter possibly have for NOT quadrupling his testosterone ratio up to the maximum of 4:1? Using a number of undetectable steroid compounds, that same athlete would presumably see a major improvement in his sprint times without ever ‘testing positive’.

And this is the folly of drug testing: It gives ‘dirty’ athletes all the ammunition they need to proclaim themselves ‘clean’ — replete with Olympic level testing results.

Passing an Olympic Drug Test Does Not Make Usain Bolt ‘Clean’

The worst argument that anyone can make for Usain Bolt being a clean athlete is that he has yet to fail a steroid or other drug test, despite being subjected to rigorous drug testing protocols.

The reality is that most Olympic athletes have their blood levels so closely monitored that only an egregious miscalculation in the timing of a steroid injection or use of a masking agent (i.e. diuretics) to dilute the levels of a steroid within the blood would result in a positive test. This is the only reason why we rarely see positive tests for Olympic level athletes.

International steroid expert Anthony Roberts told Muscleweek: “With regards to fooling the Olympic drug tests, many of the same loopholes that existed ten to twenty years ago still exist today. Until those loopholes are closed, there will always be a shadow of doubt falling on the Olympics.”

Roberts continued, “Testosterone, hGH and most of the other highly potent anabolics are virtually undetectable — when we see a positive test and a tearfully apologetic athlete, he or she probably represents less than 1% of those who are actually using banned substances.”

Olympic Drug Testing is a Joke

United States Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones proudly proclaimed that she passed more than 160 drug tests in her career. The fact remains that she won three gold medals at the 2000 Olympics while passing the supposedly stringent requirements of Olympic WADA testing.

And yet, despite breaking world records in the 100m and 200m sprints; despite being romantically involved with and coached by Olympic shot-putter CJ Hunter who tested positive for steroids four times leading up to the 2000 Olympics and was subsequently banned by the ITAF; despite being romantically involved with and coached by Olympic sprinter Tim Montgomery who tested positive for steroids and was subsequently banned; despite training under track coach Trevor Graham who has been banned for life from track and field; and despite her affiliation with BALCO Labs and the insistence of BALCO president Victor Conte who admitted to injecting Marion Jones with steroids, the general public and sports ‘journalists’ were still gullible enough to believe that Marion Jones was in fact, a ‘clean athlete.’

As Marion Jones proved, testing ‘clean’ means absolutely nothing.

Usain Bolt’s Track ‘Coach’ is a Steroid Expert

Interestingly (and perhaps damningly) in making a case against Usain Bolt, a fact that is often ignored is that the man who worked with Victor Conte at Balco Labs and later testified against CJ Hunter, Tim Montgomery, Marion Jones, and yes — current 2012 U.S. Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin– was a man by the name of Angel Heredia. Prior to working at BALCO, Angel Heredia was a national discus champion for Mexico. In the case against BALCO and Graham, he is referred to as ‘Source A’ and his testimony against BALCO athletes in verifying the documents that detailed the drug schedules for those athletes was crucial in obtaining convictions or confessions from those individuals.

But BALCO drug guru Angel Heredia never served a day in prison.

Even more suspiciously, sometime after 2008, Angel Heredia legally changed his name to Angel Hernandez.

Pop Quiz: Why would Angel Heredia change his name to Angel Hernandez?

Answer: Usain Bolt hired the new incarnation of Angel Heredia to become his track ‘coach’ in 2009. Unfortunately for Mr. Heredia, Google Search can be a terrible thing for a man with a past like Angel.

Here is a video of Usain Bolt’s track coach Angel Heredia (Hernandez) obtaining steroids in Mexico and injecting growth hormone on camera for a German documentary:

And a small piece of the interview transcript from German publication Der Spiegel’s 2008 interview with Angel Hernandez:

SPIEGEL: Mr. Heredia, will you watch the 100 meter final in Beijing?

Heredia: Of course. But the winner will not be clean. Not even any of the contestants will be clean. (emphasis added)

SPIEGEL: Of eight runners …

Heredia: … eight will be doped.

SPIEGEL: There is no way to prove that.

Heredia: There is no doubt about it. The difference between 10.0 and 9.7 seconds is the drugs.

Bolt’s Coach is more of a Chemist than a Coach

According to the New York Times, Usain Bolt’s track coach Angel Hernandez has referred to himself as a chemist, scientist and nutritionist.

Pop Quiz #2: Why would the world’s top ‘natural’ sprinter need the services of a chemist affiliated with BALCO and multiple dirty sprinters?

Answer: A logical response would be that Usain Bolt isn’t any more ‘clean’ than Marion Jones, Justin Gatlin, Ben Johnson, Tim Montgomery, or even Jamaican-born U.S. sprinter Debbie Dunn — who bowed out of the 2012 Olympics just days prior to the opening ceremonies when she tested positive for a testosterone derivative.

Logic would seem to dictate that sprinters need sprint coaches, not chemists. But no, Usain Bolt needs a chemist.

Just as those aforementioned sprinters who have broken track records before have.

Because a great sprint coach could never help a track athlete as much as a great chemist can. Here’s more from Usain’s ‘coach’ explaining his precise skill set as it applies to ‘coaching’ in that 2008 interview:

SPIEGEL: So you became a therapist for the athletes in matters of drugs?

Heredia: More like a coach. Together we found out what was good for which body and what the decomposition times were. I designed schedules for cocktails and regimens that depended on the money the athletes offered me. Street drugs for little money, designer drugs for tens of thousands. Usually I sent the drugs by mail, but sometimes the athletes came to me.

Still not convinced? Consider this New York Times article from 2008 that documented how Angel Heredia (Hernandez) was on the payroll of no less than 12 Olympic level athletes, including Olympic Gold Medalist Sprinter Maurice Greene (detecting a pattern here, no?):

In recent interviews with The New York Times, Mr. Heredia described how and with whom he worked, sharing copies of records that appear to link him to many of the best sprinters of the last decade. Those records include e-mail exchanges of doping regimens, canceled checks, telephone recordings, shipping records, laboratory readings of blood and urine samples, and Justice Department documents.

Among his clients, Mr. Heredia identified 12 athletes who had won a combined 26 Olympic medals and 21 world championships. Four of the 12 athletes, including Ms. Jones, had been named and barred from competition for illicit drug use. Eight of the 12 — notably, the sprinter Maurice Greene — have never been previously linked to performance-enhancing drugs.

Mr. Greene, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a five-time world champion, has never failed a drug test.

Mr. Heredia showed The Times a copy of a bank transaction form showing a $10,000 wire transfer from a Maurice Greene to a relative of Mr. Heredia’s; two sets of blood-test lab reports with Mr. Greene’s name and age on them; and an e-mail message from a close friend and track-club teammate of Mr. Greene’s, attaching one of the lab reports and saying, “Angel, this is maurices results sorry it took so long.

Why would an athlete’s own ‘coach’, errr,  I mean ‘chemist’ be testing his own athlete’s blood?

Well,  if you believe the ‘coaches’, it’s to analyze the blood and determine if there are any deficits in any areas that may need to be addressed. But a chemist would just tell you that it’s to confirm that the testosterone and ghGH ratios are within the legal limits. Who would you believe?

Would you believe Usain Bolt’s coach? If so, then you might want to consider this, from the same Times Article:

Mr. Heredia, 33, a former Mexican national discus champion, is a secretive figure on the track circuit who describes himself as a chemist, scientist and nutritionist. The son of a chemist, Mr. Heredia received an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M in Kingsville, records show.

He said he used family connections to pharmacies and labs in Mexico to help his business. For years, Mr. Heredia said, he helped his clients flout the rules and easily avoided detection. Substances like human growth hormone and the blood booster erythropoietin, or EPO, are still virtually impossible to detect, and “it is still easy to use testosterone” with fast-acting creams, he said.

“You combine all these things — boom! — you get amazing results,” Mr. Heredia said.

Amazing, indeed. Earlier today, Usain Bolt just became the first Olympic athlete to repeat winning Gold in the 100m and 200m sprints. His times of 9.63s in the 100m and 19.32 in the 200m are his best times since the 2009 World Championships and after his 200m victory, he boldly declared that he is “the greatest athlete who ever lived.”

It probably doesn’t hurt that he just happens to have “the greatest chemist who ever lived” right there in his corner.

119 Comments »

  1. Jake McCoy August 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    This is the most convincing argument I’ve heard, assuming all the facts are true (e.g., Is Angel really Bolt’s “coach?”).

  2. Lesley Dayon August 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    While your argument seems strong, you failed to get the names of Usain’s coaches correct. A quick search shows that Glen Mills and Bertland Cameron are the Coaches of Usain’s track team since 2005.
    Get your facts straigth.. Shame on you!

    • admin August 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      It’s no secret that Heredia has been Bolt’s ‘strength and conditioning coach’. You can check Deadspin or any one of a dozen other sites, including reports from HBO Sports boxing show 24/7 in which Angel appears and attempts to explain his use of multiple names.

      • Paulie August 10, 2012 at 7:54 am - Reply

        Usain Bolt may or may not be on steroids, however he is definitely NOT coached by Angel Heredia but by Glenn Mills. The Deadspin piece of news which you mention is sensationalist and based on this very shaky Phillipino article which is given as a source in the Deadspin article: http://www.philstar.com/sportsarticle.aspx?articleid=743461&publicationsubcategoryid.

        So no, it is not a well known fact that Bolt is coached by Heredia, it is simply wrong ( the so called dozens of sites which speaks about it are basically message boards or “fan sites” sports who took this news from deadspin, which is itself based on the article linked above).
        Secondly, Bolt lives in Jamaica not in the US unlike other sprinter that you mentionned.
        Heredia would have either to make frequent trips in Jamaica, or living there year round in order to “condition” Bolt.
        Common sense would tell that a former dope dealer (and probably living under the radar, changing your surname is not enough to escape it) doing frequent trips in Jamaica or living their year round wouldn’t not be unnoticed.
        Common sense would also tell that Bolt would be foolish to associate himself with a well known drug dealer, as Heredia is definitely not the only one “strenght and conditionning” coach out there, (one of the most famous maybe).
        I find it quite funny that you won’t post my answer ? You don’t want to get opinions that question the credibility of your article?

      • Rob August 12, 2012 at 4:47 am - Reply

        Not to mention that Marion Jones never had WR in 100 and 200 m ….

  3. Brian August 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Its so obvious that Bolt and his Racers track club are on steroids, that if you don’t believe it, you are very naive. Track has basically become what baseball was in the 2000’s. If they ever find a way to truly end the cheating, watch the times in the 100 plummet, but then again, most track fans love the un-humanly performances, clean or not.

    • MM September 18, 2012 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Its so obvious that you are a jealous hater.I suggest also that you do some research into Usain’s background.The poor country boy who was dubbed a phenom by even US track experts at the age of 15yrs old when he became the youngest junior to win the World Junior Championships in the 200m,beating people 3 or 4yrs his senior by huge margin.At 17yrs old he beat the world Junior Record when he subbed 20secs,all this without the help of sophisticated training and sponsorship.

      I also suggest you do some history into Jamaican track and field,Jamaica has been winning medals since 1948,before Usain,Jamaica had amassed 43 medals.I also suggest that before you make your accustations that you have proof.Otherwise SHUT THE HELL UP.

  4. Eton August 10, 2012 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Hello “Admin”,

    Your recent tweet history shows that you seem to be at least acquantices with convicted druggist Victor Conte – the other person who is promoting these rumours. He has more to gain from promoting the rumour that everyone in pro track still uses drugs – he still runs a “nutritional supplement” company, and would most benefit from more clients. It also seems that you guys are heavily promoting supplements too, as I see in the reviews – placed front andcenter

    Yet, strangely you have no proof that someone named Angel Hernandez is working with Mr. Bolt. What you have in your article is the repeated heresay from the trainer of a boxer opponent in the USA who “guesses” that his fighter´s opponent ” is training with the same people who train Usain Bolt”, who trains in Jamaica. Really – is that proof? For me, that alone disqualifies Deadspin as a reputable journalistic entity.

    Yet from that point in the article , you persist in calling this Angel Hernandez, Bolt´s “coach”.

    Testosterone levels. The levels that you cited as normal- 1:1 – is that normal for everyday people or for athletes? if the 1:1 ratio is the normal for athletes then you would have a point. If it is for regular people – then you don´t. It would be understandable that a person training heavily would have increased testosterone levels. Another weak argument, based on your imprecise “logic”.

    You have more of a case against Muarice Greene – with the email/bank transfer/etc than for anyone else.

    Who is MuscleWeek, by the way? What is your agenda generally and specifically in all of this?

    Just to be clear, if Usain is ever found guilty of doping, I and other Jamaicans will be the first one to put him to shame. I honestly don’t think he would survive the embarrassment in Jamaica, if we found out he was doping. Trust me. Not just him, but his parents would be horribly shamed in the small countryside community where they still live today.

    You and Deadspin. It is relatively easy to hide behind an internet blog and an anonymous “Admin” identity and cast dispersions on people who work hard for their achievements. Hyperlinking to each other is NOT proof.

    Find another way to sell supplements for your sponsors.

    • admin August 10, 2012 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Eton, you make several valid points but just to clarify, Muscleweek has no sponsors and does not promote any supplements. Our only agenda is revealing the truth.

      The public (and International Olympic Committee and NBC) want to see records broken. Positive test results are conveniently covered up or swept under the rug as being ‘bad for business’. If networks are too cowardly to shine a bright light on Olympic PED use, then who will?

      And yes, the case against Maurice Greene is better than the case against Bolt, but old news.

  5. paul August 10, 2012 at 2:15 am - Reply

    If the normal ratio is 1:1 and they allow upto 4:1, then 4:1 is not normal but still not necessarily means doping. However surely then if we were able to see all of the athletes ratios, and if they were all near 4:1 then we could make our own minds up as to whether they could all have these high ratios “by chance”.
    Surely if it was that easy it would have been done.
    Let the public see all the blood tests and make their own minds up.

    • admin August 10, 2012 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Fantastic idea! Show us the test results and T:E ratios of the competitors in each of the finals.

      • Tommaso August 21, 2012 at 1:01 am - Reply

        That would not prove much. From a pure logic point of view could also mean that athletes with naturally very high level of testosterone are more prone to become excellent sprinters.

        A correlation between two events cannot be always read as a cause-effect relationship.

  6. Anil Muhur August 10, 2012 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Why did you put a question as a heading for your article? You seem to know the answer from the very beginning. If you’re really concerned about the loopholes in doping tests, then be brave enough to talk about people who are responsbile for this system. the hidden suit-wearing guys who make big money with it. I think you’re trying to attact attention. It has always been easy to fry athletes. How’bout men in black? Did you make your smart google searches about them?

  7. John Smith August 10, 2012 at 5:01 am - Reply

    If there was any evidence behind this conjecture it would have been picked up by the big news houses by now. My take? It’s pure conjectured BS.

    Angel Hernandez full name is Angel Guillermo Heredia Hernandez. He did not change his name. If anyone is in tune to Spanish culture they’ll realise that Spanish names are very long and people tend to use different last names all the time.

    I’m just confused why WADA don’t hire the article authors since they know so much.

  8. J August 10, 2012 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Summary: Yes he is. And we say this with nothing but conjecture, insinuation, and absolutely no real evidence whatsoever.

    What a shitty article.

  9. bigg10nes August 10, 2012 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Hi Admin,

    I posted your article to a forum on Reddit here: http://www.reddit.com/r/TrueReddit/comments/xzmk7/is_usain_bolt_on_steroids_probably_yes/

    Unfortunately most of the commentators refused to engage with the discussion, as you will see, but a few brought up the very valid points that you did not provide full references for the quotations nor did you firmly establish the link between Bolt and Heredia.

    I really feel it would add a lot to the article and silence your critics if you made these changes to this excellent article.

    Best,
    bigg10nes

    • jasen April 10, 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Angel heredia ‏@Guruscience 47m

      Look victor conte, usaint bolt is in las VEGAS!!!!! Training with Heredia!!!! Ohh my god !!! pic.twitter.com/HHi5J4fts6

  10. John August 10, 2012 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Doesn’t matter…He is going home with the gold medals and millions of dollars in endorsements!!!

  11. Micci August 10, 2012 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Just a small correction…Marion Jones never broke either the Womens 100 or 200m world record(s)… Those are still the everlasting legacy of FloJo’s incredible PED mastery. Fortunately, back in ’88 US T&F were able to maintain some control over test results … Carl Lewis should kiss their asses every single day

  12. Brian August 10, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    With as much popularity and attention that Bolt brings to the Olympics and T&F, and how many millions of dollars he makes them, do you really think they’re going out him?

    My concern is how beatable he was in ’07 (couldn’t really touch Gay, barely beat Spearmon, lost in the Worlds 19.75 for Gay, 19.91 Bolt.), then all of a sudden, a year later, he’s so unbeatable that no one can even come within a half second of him. Huh? I had these exact same arguments with people about Bonds, no one wanted to believe it, but guess who was right. Bonds & Co. were making a mockery of the record books, just like Bolt is doing now.

    My guess is that the IOC & IAAF will milk Bolt for all they can get out of him, then they’ll stop covering up for him.

  13. Misty August 10, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

    All you here trying to make an argument that Bolt may be on steroids cannot hide the fact that it hurts your ego that your Athletes cannot beat Bolt. Let me give u a little info on Jamaican Athletics; From school days the only athletics Jamaica focus on is track and field, football and cricket…Track and field being the most popular. So these athletes begin training from a young age. As children they are very active so the muscles begin building from there.

    Also, Glen Mills is Bolts coach not whatever Hernandez. Who the f@ck is that. Jealousy is a disease and it is spreading wide. With success comes much hatred. You lowlifes get better soon.

    • Beavis August 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      You’re dumb. Ya, we’re really jealous Bolt can run fast. lol I’m better looking and that’s all I care about. LOL
      He is a steroid juice pig FYI. So what if he started training when he was 1 yrs old. And at 21 he starting using PEDs. Good for him, who cares. I congratulate him on using the tools he needs to get the job done.

      • Sweck August 13, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

        “Steroid juice pig”? Present some evidence instead of making a fool of yourself with stuff like that. Jealous nonames… the more anonymous, the bigger their mouths.

  14. Wittgenstein August 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    All stories aside about steroids, PED’s, Conti etc, we have to examine the overtly out of whack statistical impossibility that the Jamaicans have presented in sprinting over the past eight or so years. Check out the stats of the top sprinters since about 1990, (or earlier…you can go back decades). The sudden upsurge in performance from this tiny island nation of under three million people (total) is stunning. The past year, depending upon the date, six or seven of the top 100 meter male runners and three or four of the top female 100 sprinters were Jamaican. Similar for the 200 meters. Really. Last time this sort of thing happened, the East Germans and then the Chinese women swimmers were discovered to be wildly enhanced by PED’s. If it were spread over a larger geographical area, I might, just might think there were genetically amazing individuals who might crop up now and again. But this many? Impossible. The rapidity of improvement for the runners in Jamaica, along with the change in the numbers in the sport itself, are all outre. I’m sad to say that the sport, like the home run derby days in baseball, is fake now.

  15. Beavis Flexb August 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    If anyone actually believes Bolt is natural/clean, you really need to slap yourself. And the best part is, WHO CARES! Good for him if he’s doing what is needed to get done to win the gold. He’s in the vast majority of drug users at the Olympics. People need to wake up. Bolt is as much on juice as Ed is a schmoe.

  16. andre August 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    BOLT IS A MESS!!!! those Jamican are doping up

  17. kellbell August 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    All i can say is….jealousy!!! The man is 6`5 with long strides! Get a grip!

  18. William Michael. (Bill) August 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    By far the best article I’ve read all of this Olympics!!!!!

  19. pjsnuggles August 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    If bolt took a lie detector test and passed would u “unaccomplished, never amounted to anything, judgemental” losers give it a rest or does your stance of guilty till proven innocent help u to feel good about your lack of accomplishments?

  20. josh August 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Stay salty America.

  21. Bob August 11, 2012 at 12:31 am - Reply

    It’s all special effects like Star Wars. It’s not real but still fun to watch!

  22. Michael August 11, 2012 at 3:24 am - Reply

    It seems to me that the whole basis for this article is that Bolt is associated with Hernandez/Heredia. If you type any combination of bolt+steroid+PEDs etc into google this article is likely to come up first.

    The onus is on “admin” to cough up and tell us the origin of this association. If it is in fact just a rumour without a reliable source (e.. a reputable newspaper that could get sued for defamation) then “admin” should say so.

    I was fooled by it and forwarded the article to many friends before realising it is probably just a rumour without substance. The dangers of unedited/non peer-reviewed internet content……

  23. cj August 11, 2012 at 5:17 am - Reply

    2008 interview in Spiegel (originally in German)

    Interview is with an insider whistle-blower who understands ‘the game’ that is played between sporting cartels (drug testers) and athletes (drug takers).

    Original article (in german) here: http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,571031,00.html

    Heredia was a ‘dealer’ who supplied athletes with what they wanted. During the time of this article she was under investigation and entangled in the court system with various allegations.

    _____

    2008

    Angel Heredia, once a doping dealer and now a chief witness for the U.S. Justice Department, talks about the powerlessness of the investigators, the motives of athletes who cheat and the drugs of the future.

    He had been in hiding under an assumed name in a hotel in Laredo, Texas, for two years when the FBI finally caught up with him. The agents wanted to know from Angel Heredia if he knew a coach by the name of Trevor Graham, whether he carried the nickname “Memo”, and what he knew about doping. “No”, “no”, “nothing” – those were his replies. But then the agents laid the transcripts of 160 wiretapped telephone conversations on the table, as well as the e-mails and the bank statements. That’s when Angel “Memo” Heredia knew that he had lost. He decided to cooperate, and he also knew that he would only have a chance if he didn’t lie – not a single time. “He’s telling the truth,” the investigators say about Heredia today.

    SPIEGEL: Mr. Heredia, will you watch the 100 meter final in Beijing?

    Heredia: Of course. But the winner will not be clean. Not even any of the contestants will be clean.

    SPIEGEL: Of eight runners …

    Heredia: … eight will be doped.

    SPIEGEL: There is no way to prove that.

    Heredia: There is no doubt about it. The difference between 10.0 and 9.7 seconds is the drugs.

    SPIEGEL: Can drugs make anyone into a world record holder?

    Heredia: No, that is a misapprehension: “You take a couple of tablets today and tomorrow you can really fly.” In reality you have to train inconceivably hard, be very talented and have a perfect team of trainers and support staff. And then it is the best drugs that make the difference. It is all a great composition, a symphony. Everything is linked together, do you understand? And drugs have a long-term effect: they ensure that you can recover, that you avoid the catabolic phases. Volleyball on the beach might be healthy, but peak athletics is not healthy. You destroy your body. Marion Jones, for example …

    SPIEGEL: … five-time Olympic medallist at Sydney 2000 …

    Heredia: … trained with an unparalleled intensity. Drugs protect you from injury. And she triumphed and picked up all the medals.

    SPIEGEL: Are you proud?

    Heredia: Of course, I still am. It is still a tremendous achievement, and you must not believe that Marion’s rivals were poor, deceived competitors.

    SPIEGEL: This isn’t just an American problem?

    Heredia: Are you kidding me? No. All countries, all federations, all top athletes are affected, and among those responsible are the big shoe companies like Nike and Adidas. I know athletes who broke records; a year later they were injured and they got the call: “We’re cutting your sponsorship money by 50 percent.” What do you think such athletes then do?

    SPIEGEL: Tell us what you did for your clients.

    Heredia: Athletes hear rumors and they become worried. That the competition has other tricks, that they might get caught when they travel. There is no room for mistakes. One mistake can ruin a career.

    SPIEGEL: So you became a therapist for the athletes in matters of drugs?

    Heredia: More like a coach. Together we found out what was good for which body and what the decomposition times were. I designed schedules for cocktails and regimens that depended on the money the athletes offered me. Street drugs for little money, designer drugs for tens of thousands. Usually I sent the drugs by mail, but sometimes the athletes came to me.

    SPIEGEL: With Marion Jones …

    Heredia: … it was about the recovery phases. In 2000 she competed in one event after another, and she needed to relax. I gave her epo, growth hormone, adrenaline injections, insulin. Insulin helps after training, together with protein drinks: insulin transports protein and minerals more quickly through the cell membrane.

    SPIEGEL: Jones was afraid of needles.

    Heredia: Yes, that’s why C. J. Hunter, her husband at the time, and her trainer Trevor Graham mixed her three substances in one injection. I advised them against it because I thought it was risky.

  24. David Thomas August 11, 2012 at 5:26 am - Reply

    We ought to consider why we have the restrictions on doping. Is it so that we can see the peak of human potential without scientific manipulation? No, it’s not. If that were the reason, we wouldn’t allow ultra-regimented diets and high tech clothing and equipment, either.

    No, the reason is simply to stop it becoming necessary to dope to an unhealthy and dangerous level to be competitive. The thresholds are set at a level which caters for a substantial ranger of natural variation in testosterone, growth hormone and haemoglobin levels.

    If Usain using drugs, but still remaining in the relatively normal, safe range, then he isn’t part of the problem doping tests are addressing. If people can boost their performance without being unsafe and unhealthy, then good for them.

  25. kellbell August 11, 2012 at 6:50 am - Reply

    They probably would not.

  26. kellbell August 11, 2012 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Beavis you just assume hes on steroids.

    • beavis August 11, 2012 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Every worldclass sprinter since ben johnson has been on steroids. It’s too easy to cover up and too tempting not to use as a tool. Of course the fastest man in the world is on them. It’s not bad though, everyone else is too so really, who cares?

  27. notworryaboutit August 11, 2012 at 7:04 am - Reply

    so is Michael Phelps accused of doping?…. how about Ashton Eaton? or Kirani James? leave Bolt alone dangg… and even if he is on drug he is still kicking USA steroid using butt haaaa

  28. Jack August 11, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Great read. I’ve always felt this way. Surprised to actually see a detailed article about it.

  29. dopedornotdoped August 11, 2012 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Hi Admin, your demonstration is interesting but there is a big flaw about heredia-hernandez being the the coach of Usain Bolt. The source of this information is fully unreliable, it is a website called Deadspin which is basing its articles on rumours. Do not get me wrong, I do believe the jamaicans are doing dope as much as the others, even better it seems. Their success in sprint is too good to be true but if you want to write a serious article about this, you have to base your saying on reliable sources and Dead spin is not.

    Though the first part of your article is interesting as an introduction and maybe as circumstancial evidences. we know anyway that anti-doping test are totally unreliable as a drug has very different effects on very different peoples. We have all seen the Bolt show on Sunday and Thursday, it worths the risk of being caught doping …for Bolt, for the medias, for Jamaica ! Even if I believe them all doped, I was watching and enjoyed the Bolt show ;)

  30. Brian August 11, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    The people who defend Bolt never have an argument. All they can say is “he’s 6’5″ or “your just jealous”. That’s it? that’s all you got? The people who are suspicious have pretty damn good arguments.

    I call Bolt the Barry Bonds of track. Bonds was already an elite hitter, already on his way to the hall of fame. Then in one off season he became a legend. Started doing the impossible. Same with Bolt. He was already super fast, was on his way to having a great career. Then in one off season he became a legend. So fast all of a sudden that he was doing things that most thought were nearly impossible. Those types of rapid improvements in such little time raise red flags, whether you like it or not. Just for the record, I don’t think any of these sprinters are clean, in fact I don’t trust most of these Olympians, its just too easy to get away with doping these days.

    • Sweck August 13, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

      We don’t need more than that to say “If you don’t KNOW anything, then present your theories as theories and not as facts”.
      I don’t say he’s a wonder of the world and that your red flags should be lowered, but “looks like” is not the same thing as “is”… so we are not the ones who need better arguments. “Long legs” is more than enough to say “innocent until proven guilty”.

  31. Michael August 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Well, to be fair, “admin” did in fact provide a credible source for the Heredia/Hernandez – Bolt association:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/i-team/victor-conte-claims-athletes-performance-enhancing-drugs-preparation-2012-london-olympics-article-1.1134190?pgno=1#ixzz23GJEiAaH

    I would expect the the NY daily news to have verified the authenticity of this allegation before they published it. If not, they
    could be at risk of some serious litigation.

    I think the balance of the evidence is in favour of the association to have occurred, which is pretty damning for Bolt.

    If Bolt was “clean”, why would he associate himself with someone with such a past history????

    (the fact that many others are also doping is another matter)

    • Michton August 12, 2012 at 4:24 am - Reply

      The problem with the NY Daily News article is that it base its assumptions on Victor Conte words. This article is dated from august 10th, 2012 (3 days after your article was published) and if you look at Victor Conte tweets, you will see that everything in is based on what Conte wrote in his tweets the day before.
      Now who is Victor Conte ? He is the self proclaimed BALCO “steroid guru”. In fact , he was nothing more than a middleman who was linking athletes with real “Chemists”. However, he is a real convicted felon that served time in jail and who is now looking for attention after the US anti doping agency refused to work with him.
      When asked to give evidence between Bolt and Heredia on twitter he looked really clueless but still insisted than both know each other (he also bizarrely gave a link to this very same article).
      This article also very dodgy quotes such as the fact that Heredia changed is name to Hernandez. Sorry but, but Hernandez y Heredia is his family name!
      Learn about Spanish naming customs.
      And if Heredia is that known, why the first sources linking him with Bolt dates back from the (sensationalist) Deadspin article from last year ?? And why would he associates himself with a well known drug provider (and not a track coach). If Heredia had been a “secret” man, I would have understood , but he is a man that four years ago was already giving interviews about doping.
      The only possible reason would be that Heredia is the only man in the show knowing about steroids which seems very unlikely.

  32. Michael August 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    From the same NYDailyNews article:

    “Blake was banned for three months in 2009 by Jamaica’s anti-doping agency for testing positive for a stimulant.”

    and of Jetter….

    “Mark Block, the former track agent who is in the second year of a 10-year suspension for doping athletes, and whose wife, Zhanna Pintusevich-Block, was hit with a two-year doping suspension in 2011. Block is in London supporting U.S. sprinter Carmelita Jeter.”

    Whatever the truth, it’s not a good look for the Jamaicans and Jetter….

    • axemanII August 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Yohan Blake was tested for a stimulant that was not on the WADA banned substances list. To appease any outside scrutiny he was given 3 months as a warning to be more careful. The stimulant was contained in supplement he was taking at the time. The was never any indication that it was performance enhancing.

      http://www.insidethegames.com/show-news.php?id=6394

      Don’t believe the hype.

  33. poindexter August 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    They are all juiced, men & woman, all nations. Look at the arms on the ladies. Nothing natural there.

  34. Paul August 12, 2012 at 3:24 am - Reply

    This article is no more than a pile of propaganda BS. Angel Heredia never coached Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt’s coach is actually Glen Mills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Mills)

  35. Paul August 12, 2012 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Propaganda crap.. show me a picture on this internet with Usain Bolt and his so called Angel Whatever coach.. Here is a link to Usain and his real coach.

    http://www.supersport.com/olympics/athletics/news/120810/Unassuming_Mills_Jamaican_sprint_coach_messiah

  36. JB August 12, 2012 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Your evidence for Marquez training Bolt is very flimsy. That’s really poor quality journalism.

  37. archery1 August 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    This is a distorted misinformed article which fails to address some key points.

    1) Synthetic testosterone is detectable (see the Lamont Peterson case)

    2) Though no expert on the ‘steroid cycle’ I do know that out of competition testing is and has been employed for some time

    3) University institutions and research labs are constantly revising and developing more rigorous approaches to detection of PEDs particularly growth hormone.

    Ref: Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2010 Mar;39(1):25-32, vii.Detecting growth hormone abuse in athletes.

    Incidentally this came up after a simple google search.

    I’m fairly confident that WADA have at their disposal a battery of tests that can be run and identify substances administered by ‘Angel Heredia’. From what I can gather he is an ex athlete turned pseudo scientist/nutritionist/strength and conditioning guru. I cannot find his qualifications but I’d be reluctant to call him a chemist. In addition the evidencene that he has any association with Usain Bolt is scarce.

    4) Historical samples a kept from athletes and as new tests become available are administered. If as the case may be that those using PEDs evade being caught in the first instance, it is likely they will be at some point in the future.

    5) You also fail to identify the pattern in Bolts times as a young prodigy through to what he is running currently, these are clearly consistent with a gradual improvement peaking circa 2008-2012.

  38. Evan August 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I sincerely believe that all world class athletes who compete in speed and strength events will use HGH, which provides lasting benefits due to muscle hyperplasia even when taken years earlier, actually changing a muscle’s potential for strength gains forever.
    The athletes certainly must rationalize the use of PEDs by saying that everyone else is using so I must too.
    The question is do some athlete’s have better chemists than others? I think the acromegaly seen in Phelps skull is evidenced that he dosed HGH either too long or too high or maybe both.
    Armstrong is another athlete whose performance was too good, too soon after his mediocre performances before the cancer.
    It will be interesting if future blood tests will show the widespread use by athletes of HGH in their preserved blood samples.

  39. Noris August 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Usain Bolt was Track & Fields’ youngest ever World Junior Champion in 2002 at age 15. Two years later at age 17 he ran the 200m in 19.93 secs. Uhm… 19.93 / 2 would be 9.965 per 100m at AGE SEVENTEEN!!! Usain Bolts Coach is named Glenn Mills. Just saying!!

  40. Brian August 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/12/bernstein-usain-bolt-is-probably-doping-and-you-know-it/

    Unfortunately a lot of track fans feel that ignorance is bliss. Again, Marion Jones passed over 160 drug tests, so please stop assuming that Bolt is clean because he’s never failed a test. Marion Jones never failed one either.

    I want someone to explain why Bolt was so beatable in 07, but so unbeatable in 08 that no one could even come within a half second of him in the 200. There’s nothing normal about that. There were just way too many Jamaicans that had HUGE improvements on their PR’s in 08. That’s about the time that tiny country completely took over sprinting, but please, keep your heads buried in the sand.

    • Ayesh August 13, 2012 at 8:06 am - Reply

      Excellent point. A fully fit Bolt could only time 19.91 in the IAAF finals in Osaka in 2007 Aug. But year later he easily clocked 19.32 !! And 19.19 in 2009. 0.72 decrease in 2 yrs from 19.91.

  41. Yannick August 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    i guess bolt was taking drugs from he was 16 or 17 yrs old, cause he has been ahead of everyone for years, running amazing times. Also, i imagine that all these young J’can high school boys running 10.5 and lower are on drugs too. These kids are only 15,16, 17. Just wondering… conjecture seems to be enough. Or maybe, just maybe bolt is just a phenom, like a jesse owens or a Lebron James or a Tiger Woods. Naahh can”t happen he’s from a third world country. His family though can spend loads of money from selling yam and meat to buy designer drugs from he was a young age.

  42. Michael August 13, 2012 at 4:45 am - Reply

    Nadzeya Ostapchuk is the first to fail from in-games testing. Statistics can be a very useful thing. Adams was consistently beating her for years. And then all of a sudden this year Ostapchuk starting throwing significantly longer. She put it down to the benefits of a “prolonged layoff period”!!

    Anyway boys, I think we should try to stick to the authenticity of the Bolt-Heredia association. That’s the critical point. If it is true, Bolt is effectively guilty in my mind.

  43. archery August 13, 2012 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Michael, that is just the point, there is no association and never has been. It seems to have been fabricated through internet rumour and speculation. The NY daily news piece is hardly a credible source and is simply perpetuating this. I’ve tried a google search and cannot find any evidence of an association.

  44. The Performance Guru August 13, 2012 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Until proven wrong, this man and his team mates have WR. Maybe Glenn Mills is a great coach and his athletes are hard workers. That is his country’s national sport. No one would come close to us in American Football. We dominate basketball. I am a big USATF fan and member. Gatlin has ran equal to his times before the ban. Maybe we should give credit and appreciate the accomplishments of athletes no matter their country. Steroids or not, the hard work has to be put in. Congrats to Bolt, his team, his coach, and the USA sprinters who competed like champions even with key injuries and runners less than a year out of surgery.

  45. JackF August 13, 2012 at 7:31 am - Reply

    Everyone do know that an athlete can have more than 1 coach right? Heredia is stated as being a “coach” because of his contribution towards the betterment of his athletes.

    Besides Heredia, the major performance gain between the ’07 and ’08 season and even his performance gain between the late June and now has been interesting.

    Also, Bolt was a great 200m runner at 17, but He went from running times like 19.91 in 2007 to 19.32 in 2008. Then 19.19 in 2009. That’s a crazy improvement! His 100m time improvement was event crazier!! Especially with 2008 being his first year really running the event.

    Here’s his 2007 200m race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cZX1qBf4x8

  46. Ayesh August 13, 2012 at 7:58 am - Reply

    People who make comments on behalf of Bolt should realize that his HUGE improvement of time over both 200m & 100m is a TOTAL mystery.
    First, look at the timing of Bolt in 200m at the Osaka IAAF world championship.
    In that race Bolt clocked 19.91. And year later in 2008 Olympics? He ran 19.32 !! And one more year later in IAAF world championship ? He ran unbelievable 19.19 !!! I am just taking 200m because Bolts wasnt even running 100m in 2007 before he came from no where to clock mind boggling 9.69, while thumping his chest and celebrating almost 10m to the end !! Other than Ben Johnson, who was on drugs, I have never ever seen athlete celebrating 10+m to the end in a 100m world championship or Olympic event.
    Bolt is great runner, but same goes for Ben Johnson, Marion Jones etc. They were great athletes but became SUPER great with some extra help. In Marion’s case she was never caught in a world championship game UNTIL SHE ADMITTED USE OF DRUGS IN 2007.
    So how do we know if Bolt is clean ? Can someone who perform ridiculously well in such a short term be clean ? I SAID THEN AND I SAY NOW, Bolt is NOT CLEAN.
    Evidently, Bolt is getting THAT SUPER help. Cheaters will always be caught and same goes for Bolt.
    But sad thing is that would come only after he stole the great careers of Tyson Gay & Asafa Powel.

  47. mike August 13, 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply

    just because glen mills is his coach doesn’t mean that heredia isn’t his coach. these top athletes have more than one coach and somewhere withing the article it says that heredia is his strength and conditioning coach.

  48. shermz August 13, 2012 at 8:43 am - Reply

    How I’m suppose to take this article seriously when you don’t even know who usain bolt coach is????? GLEN MILLS that’s bolt coach …

  49. Robert August 13, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    The writer is just mad that the USA’s crappy athletes didn’t win. And who is to say that they aren’t on steroids?

  50. Sweck August 13, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Let them take benefit of the sweetness that’s called Internet. With no names and instant email adresses, they can say what they want about who they want to the whole world, without having to present anything to back it up.
    Let them believe that their assumtions are facts. If they think the rest take their anonymous word for it, maybe it can help them to cut down on their own drugs… the anti-depressants.

  51. Collin Anderson August 13, 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Hey morons, get your facts straight!!! Bolt and Heredia are in no-way linked. This was mis-reported a year ago and has since been shown to be absolutely false. Bolt is likely on drugs, just based on his superhuman times, but he is NOT getting them from Heredia. There is no evidence to suggest that Bolt is doping, so while most T&F followers would assume that he is dirty, don’t drag his name in the mud without any shred of evidence.

  52. Collin Anderson August 13, 2012 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Oh, and I truly hope Bolt and crew sue you guys for intentionally reporting fabricated information.

  53. charlie August 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Instead of looking for an illegal reason for this athlete to run so quickly why not accept he is simply fast without PED’s. The day, i never believe we shal see it, he tests positive is the day we drop him from our minds. Allow the man to be amazing without conspiracy theories!!!!!

  54. Ital Dread August 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    The first thing you learn in journalism is that to have any credibility at all, you need to put your REAL name behind a story you chose to write. The first red flag is this seems to be a blog. Secondly this article is written by “admin”. Third, all the “proof” is just hearsay and seems to be taken from other blogs.

    Here are some proven facts:

    1. Usain Bolt is trained and coached by Glen Mills.
    2. Usain Bolt has been breaking records since he was15-16 years old.
    3. Up to July 2012 Jamaican males owned EVERY 100m title from the senior circuit all the way down to the junior levels.
    4. Jamaicans didn’t just burst on the scene, they have been winning medals since the 1948 Olympics. Go and look it up. (1948 was the first year that Jamaica had sent any athletes to an Olympic games)
    5. American dominance in sprinting seems to have vanished right around the same time Balco was taken down. (not really a fact but just an observation)

  55. lawrence August 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    So the focus is so much on Usain Bolt isnt it funny that some people really cant realize when they are beaten be good sports people take your whopping and come back for more likking next time.
    What is Michael Phelps on if your want to start something what is Jetter on Alison Felix what are they on because they are doing the same thing as Usain Bolt running people down…… you people are unbelievable, you guys must be the kkk cause there’s no way u’all could be sensible.Shine on Bolt.

  56. KEMI August 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Admin i can wait for the day when Bolt and his Management team see this article. because it is filled with unsubstantiated claims about bolt and his coaching staff. Hernadez IS not and cannot be Usain’s coach. You should have checked to see if the new york times article information was true before you write this very inaccurate and distorted piece of crap about some one who you obviously know nothing about. I can guarantee you that you will be sued. This crap must stop. I dont know if Bolt is doping but i cant understand how so called intelligent people can write an article without ensuring that the information that is in it is accurate. This is atrocious and irresponsible journalism.

  57. Kumes August 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    This is a joke. Glen Mills is his coach

  58. Michael August 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Performance Guru, Point taken, they have achieved a lot and done much hard work, but I don’t think it is too much for Pay TV subscribers (like myself) to think what they are watching is what it is portrayed to be – drug free.

    I feel a bit sorry for Ostapchuk that she had to use an out of date drug (metenolone) – presumably because she didn’t have the resources that the richer track stars have e.g. Marion Jones. She tested negative all this year in Belarus. Out of competition testing seems to be done by the home countries, which may explain why she was negative there. I wonder what the quality of the testing is like in Jamaica? Just putting it out there.

    I note the CBS journalist just uses “reportedly” for the Heredia-Bolt association. Nothing stronger to back up the claim than the NY daily news citation above……….

  59. JBS August 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    You don’t even have your facts straight. Of course, as as proud JAMAICAN I take offence to your article. It was noted about the 100 m race Olympics 2012 that all the sprinters ran sub 10. Does that mean that Gatlin and Gay are on drugs? The American female relay team broke a record that had been standing since 1985, does that mean they had evaded the drug commission? You seem to be desperate to prove your “conspiracy theory”. To be fair to ALL athletes one should not make such suggestions; as many of them have worked hard and reaped to benefit of consistent work. It like House saying “Everybody lies”… That would include you by the way.

  60. CS August 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Carl Lewis and anyone who throw these frivolous accusation at Bolt and the Jamaican track system need to shut it. FACT is, Jamaica approach sprinting the same way America approaches basketball and football. Jamaica has a long tradition of sprinting excellence, not just this Olympics. Sanya Richards-Ross won Gold for America this Olympics too, she was born in Jamaica, was she doped up too? Donovan Bailey and Ben Johnson, both competed for Canada in the past after moving there from Jamaica in their teens, both were the world’s fastest men at one point, were they doped up too? Lennox Miller – Silver 1968 Olympics, Don Quarrie – Silver 1972 Olympics. Does the American basketball team use dope to dismantle every opponent? Or do they just have the best players in the world?

  61. Get your facts straight August 15, 2012 at 12:04 am - Reply

    What a garbage article. Get your facts straight before you tar someone with filthy gutter journalism and lies. It took all of 1 minute to find out that Bolt’s coach is Glen Mills not who you claim it to be. For this reason the rest of your claims should be taken as lies at worst, questionable at best. Not to be taken seriously in either case!

  62. Charlie August 15, 2012 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Finally!!!! Someone who is speaking the truth. It is quite obvious that entire Jamaican track team are using steroids, by the huge gap at the finish line.

  63. SC August 15, 2012 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Obviously Bolt is on performance-enhancing drugs, but it would be wrong to single him out. It is most likely that every finalist in the 100m is doping – almost to the point of certainty.
    If people took some time to look into the history it becomes clear that the sprint events have been dominated by anabolic steroids and other hormonal drugs since the 1960s.
    Mexico City 1968 it was estimated that one third of American track and field were taking steroids, and a higher proportion of sprinters and throwers.
    The sport was dirty in the 1960s and ’70s and 80s, and it has been dirty ever since.
    The sprinters just get faster and faster and bigger and more muscular. If the sport has ‘cleaned up its act’ we wouldn’t be seeing such fast times. If the sport had cleaned up its act we would have seen a drop off in times.
    There has never been a real drop off in times – not in the men’s sprints anyway.
    Justin Gatlin won a BRONZE medal with a time of 9.79. He is a proven drugs user. He served a 4-year ban. The fastest he ever ran was 9.77 (anulled), so how’s he running 9.79 clean at age 30 after that long layoff ?
    And there are two men ahead of him !
    Sorry, folks, the drugs are just part of the game at the top level.

    • Seriously August 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      Do you have any evidence about the 1968 claims or is it assumptions that come out of nowhere which I suppose are. Could you provide a link please ? That would be the least of the things. The ridiculous arguments that we wouldn’t be seeing fast times. You’re aware that the hardness coefficients of tracks is made to favour sprinters ??
      You know that the 100m WR improved at a much higher rate between 1900 & 1964 despite the fact that during these period they were using cinder tracks and that half of the World was running in yards.
      I’m not saying that they are clean but this argument about “faster times” is laughable and really weak

  64. Max August 16, 2012 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Those americans…. sore losers…. hmmmmmm!

  65. Yvette August 16, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

    He is clean.
    It’s all BlaBlaBla…….

  66. Michael August 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    What is obvious from the comments is that those who ague that the sprinters are likely on steroids provide well reasoned arguments with solid observations to support their argument. In contrast, the defenders of the sprinters tend to just get patriotically emotional and claim racism etc etc.

    Of course none of us want to believe it, but the questions have to be asked. Let’s call it healthy scepticism without overshadowing the amazing accomplishments of the athletes who are indeed clean.

    BTW, Bolt having Miller as a recognised coach is not evidence either way for the truth/untruth of the Heredia-Bolt association.

    • Marmac September 18, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

      What is obvious is that Americans are sore losers.If they are not winning and breaking world records,then they accuse other athletes from other countries with their ‘so called proof’ who are doing so of using performance enhancing drugs.They did the same to Ye Shiwen.

      Is it any wonder that America is considered to be the most arrogant country in the world.

  67. OOsoul August 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Lets test anyone who attempts to break any records,or is this a racial thing,let’s test mike phelps,peyton manning,or anyone who just plain works hard….let’s test the author who didn’t look up the simple facts of the story…….

  68. Keith Ballard August 21, 2012 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Isn’t it strange that all this dirt is stirred up when a Jamaican is beating Americans? Hey admin, wasn’t it you who filmed “Loose Change” too? ;-)

  69. Some nerd August 21, 2012 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Hahaha. This thread of comments is an embarrassment to intelligence.

  70. Mr.magoo August 21, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

    So many arguments for / against.. Shame really cos the strongest argument in my eyes points to the astronomical increases in performance from 2007-2008.. And winning an event running only 85 metres before celebrating and still winning by a healthy margin.. Love the guy, great for athletics but there are definitely alarm bells surrounding a lot of today’s sprinters.. We just want the truth!!!

  71. gary August 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Why would Bolt (and the Jamaican Track Club) be so stupid to link themselves with Angel Heredia (Hernandez)? Are they using some supplements that are probably questionable…probably…but who isn’t. Maybe we should look at some of these creams and just make them legal.

  72. Smallville Will August 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Wow, I thought I was the only one who replied to these things. I guess talk of The Games brings out everybody. But, I’ll clear a few things up.

    Most people who are on the juice, get angry when someone calls them on the juice… Carl Lewis….

    All of you talking about credibility and “It’s easy to hide behind the admin” JOIN THE DAMN FORUM AND MEET THE PEOPLE WHO WRITE THESE THINGSS!!! We aren’t hard to find. And sometimes we come with pictures and town residence.

    It’s easy for us to hope and dream. We want to believe in this perfect world where nothing bad happens and everything is honest. We want to believe that we are super and that hard work makes your dreams come true. Well, that’s a dream world. And the cold hard fact of it all is cheaters and sell outs are the first to grab the brass ring. The honest, hard working athletes, usually coach high school, where they want to instill the honor and virtue of the game. But college (where most athletes see their hard work pay for science labs, while their kid can’t eat because they can’t get paid) get corrupted by the need and want of the money. It’s no secret that Olympic Athletes don’t get paid unless they win (Lolo Jones). If that’s not a catalyst enough to make a man or woman go over to the dark side, i don’t know what is. All that training, paying your way to the games, then you lose and go home… That’s it. Game over. No guarantee if you’ll have enough cash to pay for the next flight to 2016, you don’t know where it’s gonna take place. On top of that, if you don’t win the qualifying, then what? I’d juice it up too. luckily for us regular folks, we have skills to fall back on. Rather he’s juiced or not, I don’t care. I just wish you all would take this at face value and roll with it, but that’s just a fragment of my perfect world… I guess I’m dreaming.

  73. dsa August 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm - Reply

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  74. Rollin Smith September 6, 2012 at 1:46 am - Reply

    I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. I haven’t checked the backup articles, but it just seems kind of ridiculous to me that Bolt would hire as his “coach” an individual who has gone on record as saying Bolt was doping in 2008. Am I the only person who think that makes no sense?

    Whoever wrote the article above is trying to get attention while at the same time avoid a defamation lawsuit by inserting “is” in the article’s title. It’s really an unfortunate and baseless slander. Usain Bolt has been running world class times in both the 200 and 400 since he was 15 years old. I highly doubt that this country boy was doping at that age in Jamaica.

    Anyone who follows sports will know that track times improve dramatically as your body goes from boy to a man in terms of musculature. The fact that you start working out more heavily as you take the sport more seriously will compound that. It is true for virtually every athlete. Bolt was already running a 20.13 200m at 16 years old. 19.93 at the age of 17, it’s just that the world did not know him. If you are Jamaican, or really follow track, you knew of him. What do you expect to occur as he grew into a man? His times fell dramatically. I am going to take a guess that all these drug people knew nothing of him when he was 14 or 15, so what explains his out of the world performance back then?

    As for the 100M time, that is a no starter. He clearly had the ability, as demonstrated by his speed in the 200m, he simply had not run the 100m before. Once he did, his performance reflected his ability.

    It is deplorable when people try to make money by throwing out unsubstantiated stories and passing of baseless rumors as fact to attract attention to themselves.

    By the way. I posted my email as it was required in order for me to respond to this, but please do not use it to start sending me anything. I suspect that may have been the goal of this exercise.

  75. Enanni September 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Soon as anybody but a US person beats the world in very good fashion… He gotta be on drugs.. or she’s not a woman .. wank.. wank… wank…

  76. morgand September 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Riddle me this: What drugs was he on when he ran an Olympic A qualifier for the 400m at 15, Or when he ran the fastest time in Junior athletics for the 200m of 19.9 at 17.

    Basically your stating that a .7 sec improvement in the 200m from a skinny under developed 17yr old to a 23yr old man is purely due to drugs.

    He may well be but your premise is incredibly flawed. I ran 22.65 at a 17yr old for the 200m and am currently running 21.03 at the age of 25. I must be on drugs.

  77. GetReal October 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Destroying times by admitted steroid users is all you need to know. Ben Johnson who destroyed the field, and was on the juice has now has his WR time obliterated by a clean guy? Seriously, that’s what you think?

  78. Eric October 17, 2012 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Bolt’s a great athlete but it’s clear he’s on PED’s (as is every other elite sprinter). People making these claims about how Bolt was a great sprinter at 15 or whatever is true. Nobody is denying his talent we’re just saying he’s not clean. A lot of people have misconceptions about steroids thinking that it’s magic. If you can run 10.5 100m natural you could take steroids and reduce that to 10.1. However, if you’re a 10.5 sprinter all the steroids in the world aren’t going to turn you into a world class sprinter. Bolt was natural up until 2007 and than he realized he wanted to enhance his performance so he got on the juice. “Steroids are like an ace card. If you’re an athlete you’ve got 1 ace card to play, when are you goting to play it? If you have to use that ace card to play in your high school football team you’re probably not going to play in college. If you’ve got to flip that ace card to go to college and play, you’re probably not going to play pro. If you’ve got flip it while you’re training for the combine than you’re probably going to go pro. Doesn’t mean you’re going to stay a pro for very long. If you’re going to be a pro for 5 years in the NFL and than you flip it to play for another 5 years now you’re making another 10-15 million dollars. It’s all a matter of when you feel you have to flip that card”. Bolt felt he had to flip it in 2008 and looks like it defs paid off!

    Than you got all the politics involved. Having Bolt found out as a cheat would be a disaster for sprinting so they’ll do everything to cover him up like they did for Carl Lewis.

    Also another damning fact against Bolt is his training partner Yohan Blake. I guess that’s just a miracle that in 2011 he comes out of the same training camp and smashes the 200 and his previous record by almost a second. He has talent 2 but to deny PED is just naive.

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  80. joe gutcher January 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I think there are five male Jamaicans who have posted 100 metre times that make the top ten fastest of all time. They have all occurred since 2007 or 2008, I think.

    What I would like to know is what are the odds of that happening?

    Does anyone have any statistical odds?

    I am not surprised some people are suspicious.

    Usain Bolt has taken the world record 100 metre by storm.

    But Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell are also posting extremely quick times themselves…..not too far behind Usain Bolt.

    And, since Jamaica only has a population of 3 million, people are bound to be sceptical.

    But scepticism, and analysis of times, is not evidence.

    The fastest man in the world’s times are always going to improve dramatically to get to that point.

    Roger Federer was only seeded number 8 when he first won Wimbledon.

    But I am still left wondering what the statistical odds are for so many extremely fast Jamaican men to appear at the same time?

    Oh, and I think there are a few women Jamaican sprinters around as well. What are the odds of that?

    Does anyone have an answer?

  81. J.Reppa January 18, 2013 at 6:50 am - Reply

    finally also Armstrong admitted…
    Bolt still waits

  82. Tom Blackett February 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    A very interesting and insightful article. Admin – is there anyway you could reveal your identity? I wish to quote a paragraph of your work in my dissertation which I’m now working on at the University of Edinburgh.

    Kind Regards
    Tom

  83. Odd March 3, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

    The same guy that provided steroids to Usain provided them to Juan Manuel Marquez as well.

  84. M. McCulloch July 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Who the hell is Angel Hernandez?? Bolt’s coach is a Jamaican by the name of Glen Mills. Get your facts first. And Bolt has been around and winning medals since the age of 15 yrs. old. A bit of advice, go read up the facts on this guy before you all make assumptions.

  85. mel August 5, 2013 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Glen Mills is Usain’s Coach!

  86. chris August 17, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    LOLLLLL!!!! I love reading all of these pathetic comments a year later. My my how the world has changed. Asafa Powell and numerous Jamaican TNF athletes just got disgracefully outed as doping cheaters….definitively. 100% if Bolt continues he will undoubtedly be shamed as well. How jokish the sheep are from a year ago…..

    And in all honesty wtf does the USA have to be jealous about exactly? That we dominate the Olympics year in and year out?? Get real….another gold to add to our dozens? Jamaican TNF is about to fall off the face of the earth for a while. Wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if we never saw Usain compete again.

  87. chris August 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Sorry I just can’t help myself. The US is quick to police its own dopers, and MILLIONS of Americans question AMERICAN athlete performances daily. Way to show your shallow, untraveled and rather bigoted POV that all Americans strand think the same.

    Which moron was flaunting Jamaica’s 48 medals? Anyone SERIOUSLY thinking this is about medals has a manhood complexion here. FACT – the US has 946 GOLDS!! 2000+ TOTAL MEDALS. Hahahahahahahahahahah

    Seriously….u real mad bro. Asafa Powell ” all clean ” said Bolt…LOL.

  88. Bolt the dog November 18, 2013 at 7:18 am - Reply

    gotta luv those jamaican posters who posted here a year ago, how time change and the Jamaicans TRF exposed.. LOL

  89. Lee November 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Here is the thing. If all you have to do to win races is do PED’s then why doesn’t everybody win? Well, it’s tricky. You can’t do too much or you will get caught, but you can’t do to little because you will lose. Also, not all athletes are equal. It would make sense that the same athletes that win if they were all clean would win if they are all using PED’s. So I feel in the end, the guys who win have the ability to do so coupled with a proper PED program that maximizes their potential without getting them caught.

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