Joyner fu­ri­ous over plans to wipe out Flo-Jo’s times

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES pres­i­dent Svein Arne Hansen said the move was aimed at re­mov­ing “the cloud of doubt and in­nu­endo that has hung over our records for too long.”

IAAF pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe is also back­ing the pro­posal.

Florence, known pop­u­larly as “Flo-Jo“, re­mains the fastest woman in his­tory, hold­ing the 100m best of 10.49 sec­onds set in 1988 and the 200m mark of 21.34s clocked at the drug-tainted 1989 Seoul Olympics.

Her bril­liant ca­reer was touched by glam­our, lu­cra­tive con­tracts, ad­ver­tis­ing deals but — de­spite no proof of any wrong­do­ing — was al­ways un­der the shadow of al­le­ga­tions that it was fu­elled by drugs.

She re­tired in Fe­bru­ary 1989 at the height of her earn­ing power, just months after her record­break­ing ex­ploits in Seoul.

Florence died in her sleep at her home in Cal­i­for­nia in Septem­ber 1998, at the age of 38 after suf­fer­ing a se­vere epilep­tic seizure. AFP

Florence Grif­fith Joyner re­mains the fastest woman in his­tory.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.