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|Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Olisa74(m): 7:36am On Aug 10, 2012|
IS OLYMPIC SPRINTER USAIN BOLT ON STEROIDS?
As we prepare to watch the 2012 Olympic Track and Field events, all eyes are squarely on Jamaican sprinter and world record holder Usain Bolt to see if he can match or surpass his blindingly fast times from the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. But does anyone care to investigate whether the world’s greatest sprinter — Usain Bolt is on steroids?
Usain Bolt’s Record Breaking History
In those 2008 Games, Bolt shocked the world by smashing the world record in the 100m and 200m races, becoming the first sprinter to ever crack the 9.7s barrier by running a 9.69s (including the early celebration that began 5m prior to the finish line) in the 100m and a 19.30s in the 200m. The following year at the 2009 World Championships, Bolt lowered his time in the 100m to a seemingly impossible 9.58s and in the 200m to a mind-numbing 19.19s.
The Case in Favor of Usain Bolt’s Steroid Use
In the three years since smashing two of the most famous world records in 2009, we haven’t heard much from Usain Bolt. Rumors of injuries and relationships kept him largely out of the public eye until he re-appeared on the scene at the 2011 World Championships, where he ran a more modest 19.40s in the 200m before anchoring a world record-breaking 400m relay for the Jamaican Team.
Since 2009, Bolt hasn’t come close to touching any of his records and his performance at the 2012 Olympic Trials (in which he ran a mortal 9.86s in the 100m and 19.83s in the 200m) seemed to indicate that his best times are well behind him.
But that would ignore the entire process of steroid cycling.
As everyone who understands steroids knows, athletes utilize Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) pursuant to a cycle that seeks to slowly elevate testosterone and growth hormone levels (and corresponding to an increase in performance) to a peak that is concurrent with a competition.
How Usain Bolt and other Olympic Sprinters Can Beat Olympic Drug Testing
A typical PED cycle would begin 12 weeks out from competition with the target date being the day prior to or of the competition. Along with the use of undetectable steroids and daily growth hormone injections, the athlete would also have his blood drawn on a daily basis to monitor his testosterone and rhGH ratios in an effort to keep them within Olympic World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) testing limits. Close monitoring of these ratios allow an Olympic sprinter such as Bolt to both use PEDs up to the day of competition while still comfortably submitting to multiple drug tests.
This isn’t evidence particular to Usain Bolt, as it could just as easily describe the protocol that every Olympic sprinter is using to pass the drug tests. However, it is mentioned simply to point out how easily Olympic athletes are able to pass an Olympic-level drug test, even with the highest levels of scrutiny. The bottom line is that if an athlete is within the permissible testosterone and rhGH ratios, he is deemed clean. The reality is that any athlete who doesn’t maximize his testosterone and rhGH levels to the maximum permissible level has no chance of breaking a world record.
For example, let’s assume that a talented NCAA sprinter has a testosterone ratio (testosterone: epitestosterone) of 1:1 which is considered normal, or average. The current WADA guidelines permit a ratio of up to 4:1. Given the fact that the only way for an NCAA sprinter to make any money sprinting is to win international competitions and garner endorsements, what reason could that NCAA sprinter possibly have for NOT quadrupling his testosterone ratio up to the maximum of 4:1? Using a number of undetectable steroid compounds, that same athlete would presumably see a major improvement in his sprint times without ever ‘testing positive’.
And this is the folly of drug testing: It gives ‘dirty’ athletes all the ammunition they need to proclaim themselves ‘clean’ — replete with Olympic level testing results.
Passing an Olympic Drug Test Does Not Make Usain Bolt ‘Clean’
The worst argument that anyone can make for Usain Bolt being a clean athlete is that he has yet to fail a steroid or other drug test, despite being subjected to rigorous drug testing protocols.
The reality is that most Olympic athletes have their blood levels so closely monitored that only an egregious miscalculation in the timing of a steroid injection or use of a masking agent (i.e. diuretics) to dilute the levels of a steroid within the blood would result in a positive test. This is the only reason why we rarely see positive tests for Olympic level athletes.
International steroid expert Anthony Roberts told Muscleweek: “With regards to fooling the Olympic drug tests, many of the same loopholes that existed ten to twenty years ago still exist today. Until those loopholes are closed, there will always be a shadow of doubt falling on the Olympics.”
Roberts continued, “Testosterone, hGH and most of the other highly potent anabolics are virtually undetectable — when we see a positive test and a tearfully apologetic athlete, he or she probably represents less than 1% of those who are actually using banned substances.”
Olympic Drug Testing is a Joke
United States Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones proudly proclaimed that she passed more than 160 drug tests in her career. The fact remains that she won three gold medals at the 2000 Olympics while passing the supposedly stringent requirements of Olympic WADA testing.
And yet, despite breaking world records in the 100m and 200m sprints; despite being romantically involved with and coached by Olympic shot-putter CJ Hunter who tested positive for steroids four times leading up to the 2000 Olympics and was subsequently banned by the ITAF; despite being romantically involved with and coached by Olympic sprinter Tim Montgomery who tested positive for steroids and was subsequently banned; despite training under track coach Trevor Graham who has been banned for life from track and field; and despite her affiliation with BALCO Labs and the insistence of BALCO president Victor Conte who admitted to injecting Marion Jones with steroids, the general public and sports ‘journalists’ were still gullible enough to believe that Marion Jones was in fact, a ‘clean athlete.’ As Marion Jones proved, testing ‘clean’ means absolutely nothing.
Usain Bolt’s Track ‘Coach’ is a Steroid Expert
Interestingly (and perhaps damningly) in making a case against Usain Bolt, a fact that is often ignored is that the man who worked with Victor Conte at Balco Labs and later testified against CJ Hunter, Tim Montgomery, Marion Jones, and yes — current 2012 U.S. Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin– was a man by the name of Angel Heredia. Prior to working at BALCO, Angel Heredia was a national discus champion for Mexico. In the case against BALCO and Graham, he is referred to as ‘Source A’ and his testimony against BALCO athletes in verifying the documents that detailed the drug schedules for those athletes was crucial in obtaining convictions or confessions from those individuals.
But BALCO drug guru Angel Heredia never served a day in prison.
Even more suspiciously, sometime after 2008, Angel Heredia legally changed his name to Angel Hernandez.
Pop Quiz: Why would Angel Heredia change his name to Angel Hernandez?
Answer: Usain Bolt hired the new incarnation of Angel Heredia to become his track ‘coach’ in 2009. Unfortunately for Mr. Heredia, Google Search can be a terrible thing for a man with a past like Angel.Bolt’s Coach is more of a Chemist than a Coach
According to the New York Times, Usain Bolt’s track coach Angel Hernandez has referred to himself as a chemist, scientist and nutritionist.
Pop Quiz #2: Why would the world’s top ‘natural’ sprinter need the services of a chemist affiliated with BALCO and multiple dirty sprinters?
Answer: A logical response would be that Usain Bolt isn’t any more ‘clean’ than Marion Jones, Justin Gatlin, Ben Johnson, Tim Montgomery, or even Jamaican-born U.S. sprinter Debbie Dunn — who bowed out of the 2012 Olympics just days prior to the opening ceremonies when she tested positive for a testosterone derivative.
Logic would seem to dictate that sprinters need sprint coaches, not chemists. But no, Usain Bolt needs a chemist.
Just as those aforementioned sprinters who have broken track records before have.
Because a great sprint coach could never help a track athlete as much as a great chemist can. Here’s more from Usain’s ‘coach’ explaining his precise skill set as it applies to ‘coaching’ in that 2008 interview:
SPIEGEL: So you became a therapist for the athletes in matters of drugs?
Heredia: More like a coach. Together we found out what was good for which body and what the decomposition times were. I designed schedules for cocktails and regimens that depended on the money the athletes offered me. Street drugs for little money, designer drugs for tens of thousands. Usually I sent the drugs by mail, but sometimes the athletes came to me.
Still not convinced? Consider this New York Times article from 2008 that documented how Angel Heredia (Hernandez) was on the payroll of no less than 12 Olympic level athletes, including Olympic Gold Medalist Sprinter Maurice Greene (detecting a pattern here, no?):
In recent interviews with The New York Times, Mr. Heredia described how and with whom he worked, sharing copies of records that appear to link him to many of the best sprinters of the last decade. Those records include e-mail exchanges of doping regimens, canceled checks, telephone recordings, shipping records, laboratory readings of blood and urine samples, and Justice Department documents.
Among his clients, Mr. Heredia identified 12 athletes who had won a combined 26 Olympic medals and 21 world championships. Four of the 12 athletes, including Ms. Jones, had been named and barred from competition for illicit drug use. Eight of the 12 — notably, the sprinter Maurice Greene — have never been previously linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
Mr. Greene, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a five-time world champion, has never failed a drug test.
Mr. Heredia showed The Times a copy of a bank transaction form showing a $10,000 wire transfer from a Maurice Greene to a relative of Mr. Heredia’s; two sets of blood-test lab reports with Mr. Greene’s name and age on them; and an e-mail message from a close friend and track-club teammate of Mr. Greene’s, attaching one of the lab reports and saying, “Angel, this is maurices results sorry it took so long.
Why would an athlete’s own ‘coach’, errr, I mean ‘chemist’ be testing his own athlete’s blood?
Well, if you believe the ‘coaches’, it’s to analyze the blood and determine if there are any deficits in any areas that may need to be addressed. But a chemist would just tell you that it’s to confirm that the testosterone and ghGH ratios are within the legal limits. Who would you believe?
Would you believe Usain Bolt’s coach? If so, then you might want to consider this, from the same Times Article:
Mr. Heredia, 33, a former Mexican national discus champion, is a secretive figure on the track circuit who describes himself as a chemist, scientist and nutritionist. The son of a chemist, Mr. Heredia received an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M in Kingsville, records show.
He said he used family connections to pharmacies and labs in Mexico to help his business. For years, Mr. Heredia said, he helped his clients flout the rules and easily avoided detection. Substances like human growth hormone and the blood booster erythropoietin, or EPO, are still virtually impossible to detect, and “it is still easy to use testosterone” with fast-acting creams, he said.
“You combine all these things — boom! — you get amazing results,” Mr. Heredia said.
Amazing, indeed. Earlier today, Usain Bolt just became the first Olympic athlete to repeat winning Gold in the 100m and 200m sprints. His times of 9.63s in the 100m and 19.32 in the 200m are his best times since the 2009 World Championships and after his 200m victory, he boldly declared that he is “the greatest athlete who ever lived.”
It probably doesn’t hurt that he just happens to have “the greatest chemist who ever lived” right there in his corner
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Olisa74(m): 7:54am On Aug 10, 2012|
People please wake up and smell the coffee. What This guy is doing and how he is doing it, is just not normal.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by blink182(m): 8:15am On Aug 10, 2012|
Until it is proven, we have nothing on him
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Olisa74(m): 8:24am On Aug 10, 2012|
blink182: Until it is proven, we have nothing on him
You are right. But you and I both know he IS cheating. Modern day athletics is all about avoiding detection. Very few Nigerians are aware of the fact that our greats like Mary Onyali, Chioma Ajunwa, the Ezinwa brothers e.t.c all failed drugs tests. So should we still blame our current crop of athletes for failing to achieve, when they are fighting a losing battle, unless they too start to cheat?
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Rhino5dm: 9:12am On Aug 10, 2012|
Are you a hater? Give it up bro!
By the way, what stops the other athletes from using this seemingly undetectable means of enhancement? or is this formula available to bolt alone? stop hating super achievers, learn to cheer them.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Enice(m): 9:20am On Aug 10, 2012|
This is serious bull crap. When you pour out rubbish out of ignorance, this is what happens. Have you not heard of "out of competition testing". To note, people like Bolt are tested regularly in and out of competition. They are even stalked and testing demanded of them with little or no notice.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Nobody: 9:29am On Aug 10, 2012|
innocent until proven guilty!
if he is cheating and he can get away with it, HE IS INNOCENT UNDER THE LAW
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Olisa74(m): 9:30am On Aug 10, 2012|
E nice: This is serious bull crap. When you pour out rubbish out of ignorance, this is what happens. Have you not heard of "out of competition testing". To note, people like Bolt are tested regularly in and out of competition. They are even stalked and testing demanded of them with little or no notice.
Please read the article before posting an abusive comment. If you read the post you would have noted that Marion Jones passed over 160 tests. I guess she is clean to you.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Olisa74(m): 9:33am On Aug 10, 2012|
Bro, it is not about hating. Bolt is not alone. Many athletes are cheating. I guess it is normal to you that the three fastest men in the world at 200M all happen not only to come from the same little island, but share the same coach, who happens to be a chemist.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Olisa74(m): 9:36am On Aug 10, 2012|
greateros: innocent until proven guilty!
In the same vein, Nigerians should stop complaining about greedy politicians looting our treasury, as they are all technically innocent. Abi?
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Rhino5dm: 9:50am On Aug 10, 2012|
But is it normal to you that a country like Nigeria with over 170 million people ccouldn't grab a single medal?
Bros, success has nothing to with population but rather hard work and luck. Bolt is extremely fast and my dog was so delighted after watching the clownish way he performed yesterday. learn to appreciate good things and be a positive thinker or else you die young.
I like bolt when he bolted out!!!
on a lighter note, you do know that Manchester united are willing to sign him as a professional soccer player to the red devils,right?
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Joeadamu86: 10:16am On Aug 10, 2012|
I think you are the one that is not normal.....why you dey jealous am like that...
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by semid4lyfe(m): 10:34am On Aug 10, 2012|
I doubt all these accusations would have been made if Bolt were American.
Me thinks the Americans are just sore over losing their dominance of the sprints hence the resort to this mudslinging and trying to undermine his achievements.
It's no coincidence one of the first peeps to allude to his use of PEDs was Carl Lewis. Anyway, nothing stays hidden under the sun forever, so if he's using PEDs, it'd be revealed sooner or later
Until then, he's innocent. . . . .
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by semid4lyfe(m): 10:38am On Aug 10, 2012|
I find this story interesting. . . .as in, no one knows more about doping than Victo Conte
'60 percent of athletes at the Games are on drugs,' says BALCO founder
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by SimonAndal(m): 10:38am On Aug 10, 2012|
He can't be that silly. But I suspect he could be blood-doping.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by slimming: 10:39am On Aug 10, 2012|
There is no competition against excellence commitment to what you are doing or know if you put your mind to it.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Olisa74(m): 10:39am On Aug 10, 2012|
For starters, I didn't write the article, I just quoted it. If Bolt is really superman as you and many believe, then why does he have a chemist as a coach?
Your dog will not live long enough to be a witness when the poop hits the fan, but hopefully you and I will.
And no Sir Alex is not willing to sign him because he knows it is all just a show being witnessed by a vulnerable public.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Olisa74(m): 10:40am On Aug 10, 2012|
semid4lyfe: I find this story interesting. . . .
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by alienware(m): 10:41am On Aug 10, 2012|
Everyday for nairaland na usain bolt, bolt where dey smoke dry beetle shiiit (TIP mr bones dat south african movie, people dey smoke dry shiiit oh or dat one where shiiit roller the push during rainy season) bolt dey compete with J5 and him dey overtake am, bolt dey drink petrol too dey overtake horse- una come dey here dey say bolt dey drugs. Me don log out oh.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Korrection(m): 10:42am On Aug 10, 2012|
YOU HAVE SAID IT ALL.....HE WORKED HARD AND HIS LONG LEGS ARE GOOD ADVANTAGE
slimming: There is no competition against excellence commitment to what you are doing or know if you put your mind to it.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by tellwisdom: 10:43am On Aug 10, 2012|
Msdarskin has given him weed
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by RichDad1(m): 10:44am On Aug 10, 2012|
Rhino.5dm:Spot on Bro! I just can't comprehend why all this HATE?
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by denzel2009: 10:45am On Aug 10, 2012|
The Chemist should have pumped more steroids into Yohan Blake to take eyes off Bolt.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by yomz1e(m): 10:45am On Aug 10, 2012|
I bet this article was written by an American, I think its despicable that someone will come and tarnish such a great athlete> As soon as American'ts start loosing in a particular sport they have often dominated, they start looking for cobwebs! Usain is not a steriod user period!if he was he wont be doing all that swagger like he does, look at other athletes who have been using this so call steroids, after any event you don't hear about them, i bet carl lewis would have failed the drug test if it was that stringent in the past. The fact new steroids are been developed at a rapid pace to go undetected so is medical tests for these band substance. He was asked what does he think is his secrete and he said its the YAM and that says it all, eat well and leave a good lifesytle and you will do well. So who ever wrote this article should introduce the same chemist to the yanks. he is a natural winner and likeable guy. Also bear in mind that even if you using steroid and you ain't talented, then you screwed
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by SimonAndal(m): 10:46am On Aug 10, 2012|
Joeadamu86: I think you are the one that is not normal.....why you dey jealous am like that..._
You're a billy goat! Must you quote all that? Anu mpama!
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by KingPradas(m): 10:47am On Aug 10, 2012|
bro you have time sha.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by crusufixo(m): 10:48am On Aug 10, 2012|
You guys should leave the guy alone joor !!!!!!, i believe he worked hard for it !!
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Olisa74(m): 10:50am On Aug 10, 2012|
He did. But obviously Bolt is still the faster man.
Ben Johnson new he was a faster sprinter than Carl Lewis, but could never beat him, until he started taking what Lewis was taking. That levelled the playing field. The rest is history.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Lordave: 10:52am On Aug 10, 2012|
Usain st.Leo Bolt forever(the undisputable lord of the track). Wether on drugs or not, go get your own drugs @op and other haters.
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by ikiller: 10:54am On Aug 10, 2012|
The animal that wrote this piece deserve to b shot by me..
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by Builder: 10:54am On Aug 10, 2012|
Usain Bolt improving the 100m record is a welcomed achievement and something to be proud of as a human being, that shows nothing is impossible.. but having said that, i cant help but thinking he might have doped.. we all mavelled at marian jones and praised her effort in past olympics and how she demolished all other sports she took part in only to find out 8 years later that she was a junkie and druggie, same thing happens to Gaitlin the american sprinter.. does anyone remembers the cyclist lance armstrong? just last June USADA accused Armstrong of performance-enhancing drug use throughout much of his career, this comes after he retired and winning 7 tour de france over 10 years ago or barry bonds and Florence Delorez Griffith-Joyner amongst other
People need to understand that doping is like technology, it keeps upgrading itself and this coaches and athletics keep finding ways of escaping been caught by the organising body. so once again, the question.. did usain bolt doped? only time will tell
|Re: Usain Bolt Is Using Performance Enhancing Drugs? by CLIQBOY(m): 10:55am On Aug 10, 2012|
NA DANA AIRWAYS GO KILL ALL THE BAD BELLE PEOPLE.
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