deanouk wrote:Isn't it strange that people are so suspicious of women athletes, especially with those competing in Eastern Europe & China, (and with good reason, I hasten to add), but don't give a seconds thought to all the men's middle and distance events (1k - 3k, as well as numerous, almost yearly smashing of the record at 5 & 10k) that were set in the mid-late '90's, when there was a product that existed which not only would improve their performance markedly, but also was undetectable until 2002!?
the only problem with that "theory" is that the 800wr was set in '97, 1.5kwr in '97 & 3kwr in '96
that leaves 5 - 6y of "still undetectable" on testing but no improvement in wrs ???
also no improvement in 5k/10k wrs between '98 & '04 ???
There was always the danger that some of the women from previous eras could get caught for steroid abuse when competing outside their home country, but no such deterrent existed for men in the late 90's. They knew they would get away with it.