carl-lewis-steroidsWe’ve posted Carl Lewis’ controversial comments on the Caribbean athletes’ possible use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. According to Lewis, his suspicion is based on the fact that Caribbean nations do not have adequate anti-doping program.

Former BALCO boss Victor Conte has pretty much hinted the same thing that the superior performance of Caribbean athletes on the track could be partly due to illegal compounds.

Both were particularly suspicious of Usain Bolt’s impressive performance in Beijing.

Now, it’s Jamaica-strikes-back scenario.

In Jamaica, it is now Carl Lewis trashing season. Allegations on Lewis’ doping activity are splayed on the local media.

In a recent telephone interview, Bolt has shrugged off Lewis’ comments in a recent telephone interview.

“I know I’m clean. I work hard for what I want,” said the Jamaican track superstar.

“I know what he said. To me it doesn’t really matter what he said, a lot of people were saying that.”

When Veronica Campbell-Brown, the five-time Olympic medalist from Jamaica, recently talked about the possibility of use of PEDs during the 1980s, the name of American track icon Florence Griffith-Joyner has come up. Campbell-Brown said that it was not for her to say that the world records set at that period when Flo-Jo has reigned were tainted, but acknowledged that it was a possibility.

Campbell-Brown has retained her Olympic title in the 200m in Beijing, but her run of 21.74 seconds – her personal best – is still slower by 0.4 seconds of Flo-Jo’s 1988 record. This is a very, very significant margin which has prompted many women athletes to consider Flo-Jo’s times as “men’s” records.

Excerpts from Caymanian Compass’ report:

“Everybody wants to watch a world record,” Campbell–Brown told BBC Sport. “The men enjoy all the glamour because they’re capable of breaking world records. Women don’t have that luxury.”

In Olympic track and field disciplines, the only women’s world records to have been set in the last 20 years have come in modified or recently added events.

Today’s competitors, in fact, are not even threatening the majority of records from the 1980s.

This has led many observers to suggest those records are suspicious and may have been achieved with the use of illegal, performance–enhancing drugs.

Perhaps the most suspicious, and iconic, of those records is Griffith–Joyner’s 10.49 for the 100m.

The American smashed the previous mark by a staggering 0.27 seconds in the quarter–finals of the US Olympic Trials in 1988.

It was also a half–second faster than she had ever run prior to that season, and it came after a three–year break from the sport.

Aged 28 at the time, she would quit athletics two months later, shortly before the introduction of out–of–competition drug testing.

At the age of 38, Flo-Jo died and her unexpected demise has fuelled the rumors that she was using illicit drugs. It was reported the cause of her death was that she had suffocated in her pillow during a severe epileptic seizure.

Many believed that Flo-Jo’s world record at the 100m event could have been wind-aided or steroid-assisted, or both. The remarkable development of her physique and performance had raised many eyebrows. In 1988, she displayed dramatic gains in muscle mass and definition. It was noted that prior to the 1988 season, Flo-Jo’s best at the 100m was 10.96; in 1988 she upgraded that by 0.47 seconds. Likewise, her pre-1988 best at 200m was 21.96; in1988 she improved that to 21.34.