The 100m men’s final at the 1988 Seoul Olympics was the fastest, and perhaps most thrilling, sprint in history. Canadian Ben Johnson raced home in first place. His time of 9.79 seconds was astonishing, his margin of victory over American Carl Lewis simply breathtaking. But within 48 hours, Ben Johnson had tested positive for anabolic steroids, was stripped of his gold medal and scandal reigned.
This race became the world’s wake-up call to drugs in sports. Director Daniel Gordon’s compelling film forces us to question what we expect from our athletes as they pursue records in the name of national pride.