Black Athletes and Steroids


Morne Nagelpictured: Morne Nagel

by StarWars

(4/16/09) Sprinting is a unique sport in that it is a measure of strength and speed. Many people confuse races like the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter with shorter races such as the 60 meter, which truly are about speed. The 100 meter dash is about speed endurance, and success in this event relies on one’s ability to maintain his top speed.

Maintaining top end speed is aided greatly by the use of steroids. There is no question that the now routine shaving of 100 meter times is due to performance enhancing drugs; the people using them are black athletes. How do I know this?

Usain Bolt ran a 9.69 second 100 meter to win the gold medal at the 2008 Bejing Olympics. Norwegian physicist Hans Eriksen analyzed TV footage of the Olympic final and estimated that Bolt could have run 9.55 seconds if he had not slowed down. In 2007, Bolt also ran the 100 meter dash, but his best time was a 10.03. To progress so vastly has even been questioned by “Olympic great” Carl Lewis. The same Carl Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine; all of these are banned stimulants. Subsequently he had been banned from the Seoul Olympics and from competition for six months.

The USOC and IAFF overturned the decision, and Lewis was allowed to compete in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. At the Pan American games in 1999, world record holder in the high jump, Javier Sotomayor, tested positive for cocaine. The IAFF suspended him, but later shortened the suspension to let him compete in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Javier later tested positive for the steroid nandrolone at the age of 34; immediately followed his retirement. Sotomayor still holds the world record in the high jump.

So why is the IAFF and other organizations allowing these athletes to get away with blatant steroid use? Probably to manifest the idea that black athletes are more athletic than their white counterparts. This trend has encouraged black athletes in the past 20 years to follow suit, and they get away with it because many people assume that any black athlete winning is not an anomaly, but only natural. When white athletes win, such as the Sydney Olympic 200 meter champion Kostas Kenteris, they are questioned and scrutinized by the media and public. Although facing many lawsuits by the same committees that ignored Sotomayor, Lewis, Maurice Greene, and Dwain Chambers, Kenteris never tested positive for steroids. Because white athletes are looked at as an anomaly, they cannot get away with the steroid use that black athletes abuse so often. Even if Kenteris took steroids at one point in his life, which we will never know, he is a polemic for the ability of white athletes to be competitive in sprinting.

Would white athletes be as good as black athletes if they took steroids? Well, before 1980, white athletes and black athletes together shared Olympic medals. Sprinters like Allan Wells ran 10.11 seconds in his 100 meter prelims to his Olympic victory in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Marian Woronin broke ten seconds with a time of 9.992 seconds, and Valeri Borzov won in the 1972 Olympic Games and ran 10.07, easing up in the prelims. This was back when faster times were ran in the prelims, indicators that performance enhancing drugs were not in use.

Matthew Shirvingtan of Australia ran a 10.03 into a slight headwind; if there was a tailwind this time could have been in the low 9.9s. Good 60 meter sprinters like South Africa’s Morne Nagel would easily run under ten seconds with the aid of steroids. Nagel only ran a 10.13 in the 100 meters, but a blazing 6.48 seconds in the 60 meters. With some speed endurance, Nagel would have been one of the great sprinters of his time. Steroids greatly help speed endurance, and the ability of white athletes to perform better in the 60 meter than the 100 meter proves the theory that they currently have less speed endurance than black sprinters.

By the way, Morne Nagel is the second fastest AFRICAN in history with his 6.48 60 meter dash, and whites make up about 1% or less of the people living in Africa. You don’t hear that fact everyday though.

It is a common theory that white people do not possess the fast twitch muscles that black people have. So why do whites hold the best 9 out of 10 high jump records in history; the first belonging to the illegitimate Javier Sotomayor? Could this be because steroids are not as prevalent in events such as high jump, where added muscle bulk does not help? Whites dominate other explosive events such as shot put also.

The talent and the potential is there. What isn’t aiding the white athletes is steroids. The question is not why are black people faster than white people? It is why are black people allowed to get away with steroid use? The effects are obvious; white people believe they are slower, and do not perform to their potential. Not to mention for the past 20 years or so, the playing field has not been equal.

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