Benjamin Johnson was born in December 30th, 1961. He is a Jamaican-born Canadian. He was born in Jamaica, Johnson immigrated to Canada in 1976.
Johnson met coach Charlie Francis and joined a track and field club. Francis was a Canadian 100 meter sprint champion. Francis was also Canada's national sprint coach for 9 years.
In 1985, after eight consecutive losses, Johnson finally beat Carl Lewis. Other success against Lewis included the 1986 Goodwill Games, where Johnson beat Lewis, running 9.95 for first place, against Lewis' third-place time of 10.06. He broke Houston McTear's seven-year-old world record in the 60 metres in 1986, with a time of 6.50 seconds. He also won Commonwealth gold at the 1986 games in Edinburgh, beating Linford Christie for the 100 m title with a time of 10.07. Johnson also led the Canadian 4x100 m relay team to gold, and won a bronze in the 200 m.
By the time of the 1987 World Championships, Johnson had won his four previous races with Lewis and had established himself as the best 100 m sprinter. At Rome, Johnson gained instant world fame and confirmed this status when he beat Lewis for the title, setting a new world record of 9.83 seconds as well, beating Calvin Smith's former record by a full tenth of a second.
Following Johnson's defeat of Lewis in Rome, Lewis started trying to explain away his defeat. He first claimed that Johnson had false-started, then he alluded to a stomach virus which had weakened him. Finally, without naming names, Lewis said "There are a lot of people coming out of nowhere. I don't think they are doing it without drugs." This was the start of Lewis' calling on the sport of track and field to be cleaned up in terms of the illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs. While cynics noted that the problem had been in the sport for many years, they pointed out that it didn't become a cause for Lewis until he was actually defeated, with some also pointing to Lewis's egotistical attitude and lack of humility.
Johnson became the first sprinter since Percy Williams in 1928 to win the 100 at the Summer Olympics in Seoul. He lowered his 9.83 time to a 9.79 seconds, but the Olympic Doping Control Center found that his blood and urine samples contained stanozolol and he was disqualified 3 days later.
He later admitted that he was using steroids when he ran his 1987 record. Johnson and coach Francis complained that he used it so he'd be able to run against the other runners using it. Later 6 out of the 8 finalists tested positive for banned drugs. Carl Lewis won the gold.
He just wanted to have the same advantage everyone else had by using steroids but he ending up getting caught like all the other ones. It just shows that hard work can go farther than steroids.