Monitor: Comment on the death of Florence Griffith-Joyner
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Thursday 24 September 1998
GRIFFITH JOYNER credited her achievements to a strict regime of diet and fitness. While critics charged that she must have indulged in performance- enhancing chemicals, such as anabolic steroids, Griffith Joyner not only denied those allegations, but also consistently tested negative for drugs. An autopsy should settle speculation once and for all. Fans will long remember Griffith Joyner's sheer enjoyment of her role as "the world's fastest woman'', proudly bedecked in skintight body suits, flaunting her glittering fingernails and long tresses. Along with the glitz she infused into women's athletics, she proved that a determined sportswoman can become the best.
SHE FINISHED her life in the way she spent much of it - with controversy and accusations flying at her heels. Within hours of the announcement that the world's fastest woman had died at just 38, athletics was again discussing the suspicions of drug abuse that hovered over her career. She was tainted with accusations that her performances in Seoul were only achieved on the back of steroid abuse and was surrounded by rumours that her striking new muscle definition was chemically induced. FloJo did not go gentle into the night.
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