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JOHNSON ADMITS HE WAS ON STEROIDS WHEN HE SET RECORD

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Ben Johnson, who lost his gold medal in Seoul because of steroids, Tuesday acknowledged using them before setting a world record in the

100-meter dash at the 1987 World Track and Field Championships in Rome.The sprinter, in a tense second day of testimony before a Canadian inquiry into drugs and athletics, said that he was given steroid injections for two weeks at the end of June and early July before the August 1987 meet where he set the still-standing world record of 9.83 seconds.

He also the panel he had planned to split from his longtime coach and personal physician after the Seoul Olympics.

He said the decision was not related to the use of banned substances, which he admitted he started using in 1981 on the advice of Coach Charlie Francis.

"After the Olympic Games I was going to finish with everybody," Johnson said.

He said he disclosed his intention to Jack Scott, an American sports therapist who had traveled to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to help with Johnson's pre-Olympic treatments of June 1988.

Johnson was injured in January and May 1988 and twice traveled to St. Kitts, home of his personal physician, Dr. Jamie Astaphan, for rest and therapy in the months before the Seoul Olympics.

He said any arguments he had in the early summer of 1988 ended in reconciliation.

Johnson said he had a bottle of injectable steroids given to him by Astaphan last year and kept it on a shelf in his home .

Asked what happened to it, Johnson said that two or three days after his return from the Olympics "I smashed it against the wall and just threw it in the garbage."

On Monday, Johnson took the stand for the first time and made his first public statements about his disgraceful exit from Korea.

He admitted years of steroid use in his quest to be the world's fastest man. He said he knew they were banned substances but never would have taken them if he'd known about their potential side effects.

"Nobody bothered to tell me what the side effects were because they were happy to be making all this money," he told the inquiry panel nearly nine months after a positive test for the anabolic steroid stanozolol stripped him of the 100-meter Olympic gold medal.