The tale of Ben Johnson's infamous 100-meter final

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Associated Press

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 5:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7:06 AM

TORONTO (AP) — Filmmaker Daniel Gordon was wrapping up a final visit to Ben Johnson's home when he asked the disgraced sprinter one last question.

Gordon says, "We were packing everything up, having a coffee in his house with a crew and I was just like 'Where are all your medals?' And he says 'Oh, I keep them in my basement.' And I was like 'What here?'"

The 51-year-old Johnson holds up a battered cardboard box full of medals and pulls out his bronze from the 1984 Olympics. Diving in again, he produces the twisted ribbon that goes with it.

Gordon's film is about the infamous 1988 100-meter final in Seoul, the story lines that led up to it and the men who took part. The 80-minute film made its debut last weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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