A piece on steroids from a Caribbean chemist indicates that he doesn't consider Usain Bolt's records tainted, but holds some about past steroid-tinged Olympic records. That is an interesting twist on current speculation about doping in the setting of these records in track...and with some justification. Here in the Jamaica Gleaner:
The games of the 29th Olympiad have just concluded, and what a magnificent spectacle they were! An abundance of world records, a super medal haul and the incredible performance of our athletes, especially Usain Bolt, made these Olympics extra special for Jamaica.
Results like these are probably long overdue and many fans feel that athletes were cheated in the past by competitors using banned drugs. is levelling the playing field, however, and the detection of illegal substances is getting easier. From the list of banned substances, steroids are oftentimes the drugs of choice.
As part of my chemistry PhD at the University of the West Indies, Mona, I made and used steroids. Not for biological use, however, as they were never taken into the body (verified from my 'not very muscular' 5' 11', 160-lb frame). Rather, my research focused on using steroids to study new reactions. The results of such studies can lead to new medicines and materials.
The author, a Ph.D, doesn't really discuss the effects of anabolic steroids on performance, but does add this:
As an aside, if one superimposes the steroid rings on to the Olympic rings, a rather snug fit becomes apparent. A Freudian slip? By design? Your guess is as good as mine.