Ben Johnson, the world's fastest runner when he was on steroids, so far has looked like just another sprinter in his drug-free comeback.
Johnson, competing again after a two-year ban from track, lost for the second time in as many races Friday night when he finished second to Andre Cason in the 50 meters in the Sunkist Invitational indoor meet.In dealing Johnson his second defeat in a week, Cason was timed in 5.69 seconds, with Johnson second in 5.74. Frank Fredericks of Brigham Young University was a close third with a time of 5.75.
Johnson, who had complained after losing last week in Canada that he had misjudged the finish line, this time said he was slow out of the blocks because the lanes were too narrow at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
"When I was taking my practice starts, the starter advised to me keep my arms in so I wouldn't interfere with the other sprinters," Johnson said. "So a lot of my upper body strength was negated by having to hold my arms in at the start."
Johnson said he wasn't concerned that he is 0-2 in his comeback, explaining, "I know it's going take awhile. I think you'll see the real Ben Johnson pretty soon.
"A lot of people will think I won't be able to run faster because I was on drugs. They will soon see they are wrong. I have the same speed as two years ago."