Rome 1960. First death during Olympics in result of doping

Knud Jensen was a Danish cyclist whose death in 1960 during the 100km road race heralded the age of Olympic doping. Jensen and a team-mate both collapsed.

At first it was thought they had suffered sunstroke, but when the autopsy was conducted on Jensen it was discovered that his death was the result of ingesting amphetamines and nicotinyl tartrate as a stimulant to blood circulation. There was no rule against it at the time or for another seven years and it was 1972 before testing began.

From  Daily Mirror

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