Flo-Jo still fishy
Now that the dust has settled after the recently concluded 2012 Olympics, there is still the mysterious women’s sprint records languishing in the books of the International Olympic Committee. These are the two controversial records set by Flo-Jo (Florence-Griffith Joyner) in the 100 metres at 10.49 seconds, and the 200 metres at 21.34 seconds since 1988. At that time officials were not as vigilant as they wanted to be in all of her flamboyance.
Endocrinologists have always held the view that women did not have the necessary physical structure to exceed male capability. However, Flo-Jo, who died in 1998 at the tender age of 39 years, enjoyed a Pyrrhic victory.
What is of particular importance is that Marion Jones, who, despite admitting to drug cheating, did not break Flo-Jo’s records. It is my view that there should be a re-examination of the circumstances surrounding Flo-Jo’s success; because it does not seem that there is any chance of Flo-Jo’s record being broken in this century, now that drug testing has become so stringent.
— Cecil A.N. Archer