Track & Field

TUE Tuesdays: Dennis Mitchell: Booze, Sex and Testosterone

Dennis Mitchell had one of the greatest excuses ever when he tested positive for testosterone. The American who ran 9.91 and 20.09 for 100m and 200m respectively explained his positive sample by saying his levels were high as the previous night he had “five bottles of beer and sex with his wife at least four times . . . it was her birthday, the lady deserved a treat”. Mitchell claimed he was innocent insisting that his ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone was natural.

It was however nearly two times the current allowed limit. A USATF panel was convened and his story believed. International officials did not however believe his story. Mitchell served a two-year ban. Ten years later, during the BALCO scandal, Mitchell testified that his coach Trevor Graham, had given him banned drugs and that Graham had injected him with human growth hormone.

The American was later appointed to lead USA’s sprint teams at the I.A.A.F. World Relays in the Bahamas in March 2015. Read more about the reaction to his appointment here

Medal Record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta 4×100 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona 100 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1991 Tokyo 4×100 m relay
Gold medal – first place 1993 Stuttgart 4×100 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Tokyo 100 m
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Stuttgart 100 m
Disqualified 2001 Edmonton 4×100 m relay

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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