>>>He made the semi AFTER he started taking
>drugs again. He was busted later that summer.
>The jump in his improvement, as I pointed
>out earlier, precisely matched when he started
>up again. He was literally going nowhere with
>his career that year until he got back on
>the juice. He started up again after a poor
>early season, and then taking a several
>week "break" while he got his therapeutic
>regime in place.
Wow, RMc, you apparently
>understand Ben's motives and drug program much
>better than the rest of us. Can you please
>document these "jumps in improvement" post-90?
>And how on earth do you reason the "several
>l week break"?
I managed to get my timelines a bit confused. On the other hand, the characterization of Johnson's 1992 Olympic performance also was misleading. The bottom line is that my original statement still appears to be correct. Here's the correct timeline after digging through my old TFNs:
Johnson ran 10.16 in the '92 Canadian Nationals to make the Olympics. That was his best time in his 2 year comeback. He ran 10.30 in the Olympic QFs, and 10.55 in the semis--hardly impressive from the "greatest ever talent." He was busted again in January 1993. He had run 5.73 for 50m behind Surin's NR 5.67, and then 6.62 for 60m, just being nipped by Surin's 6.60. Surin lead the world that year with a 6.45. That's the performance surge that I was alluding to.
TFN in its May 1993 issue at p.55 said:
"His performances last year were decidely lackluster, but this season had started to produce eye-opening times. The marked improvement had fed rumors that the 'Old Ben' was back."
Note that Johnson was busted yet again in Nov. 99 after a test he asked for himself. Three strikes...