9.79*

9.79*

(The Race that Shocked the World)
(2012)

The most controversial race in athletics history.

A theatrical release was granted for this documentary, originally made as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 television series. 9.79* chronicles the 100m final of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, won by Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson only to have the gold medal stripped when he tested positive for banned substances. Interviews with all eight finalists reveal their staunch ambition, reactions, and still-simmering rivalries.

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  • The style may be raw and basic, but the film offers an interesting insight into how far people will go to win, and where the relationship between fair play and blind ambition starts to fall apart. Full Review

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