HBO interviewed Tim Montgomery -- once the world's fastest human -- who admitted to the doping and steroid protocol that promoted him and his teammates to Gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. (Sydney Morning Herald)
ONCE, he was the world's fastest man. Now, in jail for laundering more than $US1.7 million and separately for dealing and supplying heroin, disgraced sprinter Tim Montgomery has been exposed as a golden fraud on the track.
Montgomery, 33, has revealed that at the time of the Sydney Olympics, where he was a member of the triumphant US 4x100 metres relay team, he had been taking a cocktail of banned drugs, including human growth hormone and steroids.
"Prior to the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, I broke the rules," Montgomery told US television network HBO. "I used testosterone, and then I used GH [human growth hormone] four times a month. I have a gold medal that I'm sitting on that I didn't get with my own ability."
Montgomery focused on that 4x100M relay team, which caused so much controversy in 2000.
But he has now put the international spotlight on that 4x100m relay team - at the time notorious for their posturing, removing their shirts and bragging with their medals - and Montgomery and his teammates are likely to be stripped of their medals, even though the normal seven-year retrospective window has closed. Those who witnessed that bizarre, brash celebration by Jon Drummond, Bernard Williams, Brian Lewis and Maurice Greene - the four who ran in the final - might think the reallocation of the medals would be poetic justice.
Montgomery lost his 100M world record, and now may be losing much much more (his freedom is gone too).
Montgomery has already had his world record 100m time of 9.78 seconds expunged from the record books after his drug links were exposed during the BALCO investigation. But the officials only went back to March 31, 2001. Now, they will go back much further. The US Olympic Committee has already urged Montgomery to return the medal voluntarily. USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel said: "He owes it to his sport and to the athletes against whom he competed."
The ex-sprinter knows the consequences of his words...perhaps the loss of one more compliment of medals: Marion Jones and her teammates lost the 4x100 Sydney Olympics relay medals due to PED use, and Michael Johnson's Sydney 4x400 relay team lost medals after Antonio Pettigrew admitted to doping.
(more after the jump, including Montgomery's words on Conte)
Montgomery on Victor Conte:
"He [Conte] never said that this right here is steroids," Montgomery said. "I didn't want to put it together. I kinda knew, but I never asked the question. I knew. I'm not gonna lie. I knew." Montgomery's revelations add another twist to the sordid group of runners that centred around Trevor Graham, including Montgomery's former girlfriend and the mother of his son, Marion Jones, who has returned her five medals from the Sydney Olympics, including her bronze from the 4x100m relay.
"I made the bed, so I'm going to lie in it," Montgomery said in the HBO interview. "… Why did it take this? That's the question I wake up to every day and go to sleep to."