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Dope warsSteven LynchJune 5, 2014
Who was the first person to be disqualified from the Olympics for drug use? asked Neil Morgan
Drug-testing was introduced to the Olympics in 1968, after years of whispers about some competitors.
The subject really came into the spotlight after the death of the British cyclist Tommy Simpson - who had been using stimulants - during the Tour de France in 1967.
The first person to fall foul of the new tests at the Olympics sounds a bit unlucky, to be honest.
Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, a member of the Swedish modern pentathlon team in Mexico, was disqualified after the tests showed up excessive alcohol in his blood.
Liljenwall said later that he'd drunk a couple of beers to steady his nerves before the shooting discipline.
It was a costly tipple as the Swedish team had finished third overall, but had to return their bronze medals after the test results came out.
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