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RE: Kenyan runner banned for using rat poison as ped

jesseriley wrote:

Didn’t know this was still done, or even illegal. 1800’s I know they used it, when morphine or cocaine were the only alternative PEDs (and cocaine wasn’t always easy to get).


Not so far back, in the early 1900's the first few Olympics, marathon runners used that stuff.

Funny story below. Especially the Cuban runner that "decided to take a break from the brutal race (a very hilly course and full of choking dust kicked up by the support vehicles traveling alongside the competitors) and stopped in an orchard to eat some apples. The apples disagreed with him and so he took a nap to recover. He still finished fourth."

Back in the days the Marathon was more like a freak show.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/jul/21/the-cocktail-of-poison-and-brandy-that-led-to-olympic-gold-strychnine

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