IAN O'RIORDAN, Athletics Correspondent
IF YOU believe the hardest decision an athlete will make is to take drugs, you might have some belief in Martin Fagan. Right now he knows he’s already lost that, probably all sympathy too, but he does want to offer some clarity on why he’s tested positive for erythropoietin – EPO – one of the most conventional and readily detected methods of enhancing performance.
Editor's Note: This post has been edited. Please do not post full articles on the forums. There are 2 excellent Irish Times articles on this. The one above is the longer one. It focuses more on details. How Martin says he was lying to coach Keith Kelly and agent Ray Flynn how his workouts were going and then ordered EPO on the internet and injected himself at his friend's bathroom in Tucson. He appears to be claiming he was drug tested the very same day he ever first took EPO. The 2nd article in the Irish Times is a bit shorter but very good "Injecting myself, thinking this is how the junkie feels" and focuses more on Fagan's mental state and how Fagan claims depression and thoughts of suicide led him to EPO.
As for the 1st article it does not identify whose bathroom where he injected himself but Fagan had been training with Abdi Abdirahman in Tuscon. For Abdi's reaction to findint out Martin tested positive click here