Speed Trap

In Speed Trap, His first Public Revelations to go beyond his dramatic testimony before the Dubin Inquiry, Charlie Francis presents an insiders account of the world of international track and field.

While telling a profoundly human story, Francis shatters the conspiracy of silence maintained by the international sports community surrounding drug use and addresses the central issues arising from the events at the Seoul Olympics. Was his star pupil, Ben Johnson, the exception – or are performance enhancing drugs commonplace among the world’s track stars? Is it possible to beat the world’s elite athletes without using anabolic steroids? And what – if anything- can be done to make the sports arena fair, safe and honest?

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