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Ben Johnson's coach Charlie Francis dies

Charlie Francis in Seoul in 1988
Francis's celebrations at the 1988 Olympics were short-lived

Charlie Francis, the former coach of disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, has died at the age of 61.

Canadian Francis died on Wednesday at a Toronto hospital after a five-year battle with cancer.

Francis was working with Johnson when the sprinter became the first athlete to be stripped of an Olympic gold medal for using banned drugs.

Johnson tested positive for the steroid stanozolol after winning the 100m at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Athletics Canada banned Francis from coaching for life after he told a 1989 inquiry into the scandal that he had introduced Johnson to steroids.

Francis also worked with world 100m record holder Tim Montgomery and multiple Olympic champion Marion Jones, who were later exposed as drug cheats.

see also
Marion Jones's fall from grace
11 Jan 08 |  Athletics
I won gold on drugs - Montgomery
24 Nov 08 |  Athletics
Jones stripped of Olympic medals
12 Dec 07 |  Athletics
1988: Johnson stripped of gold
24 May 07 |  On This Day
Montgomery ditches coach
07 Feb 03 |  Athletics

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