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THE LONG VIEW
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Tuesday, 14 October 2003, 9.00am repeated 9.30pm.
Jonathan Freedland looks for the past behind the present. Each week, The Long View, recorded on location throughout the British Isles, takes an issue from the current affairs agenda and finds a parallel in our past.
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CHEATING AND DRUGS IN SPORT

Drugs and cheating in sport is the theme of this week's programme and there was no-one more dubious in both respects than Choppy Warburton, cycling guru of the 1890's.

Choppy coached no less than three World Champions but with his secret formulae dispensed from tiny bottles at track side his antics finally got him banned from professional cycling even though no drugs legislation existed.


Jonathan Freedland hears about some of Choppy's more notorious episodes including the race in which Welshman Jimmy Michael was reported to have taken a potion and within a few laps collapsed on the track, picked himself up and then in a daze, set off in the wrong direction. Here is Jimmy Michael Pictured with Choppy Warburton himself (left).

So strong are the parallels which have seen drugs stories dominate the recent World Athletics championships. Were the pressures on coaches and athletes similar? Should we stop getting so hung up about drugs?


Contributors:
John Rawling - BBC athletics correspondent
Diane Modahl - former athlete
Tom McNab - senior athletics coach
Les Woodland - cycling historian
Oliver Morton - science writer


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Jonathan Freedland
Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. A twice-weekly columnist on the Guardian, he also presents BBC 4's The Talk Show on Monday nights at 8.30pm. He is author of the book Bring Home the Revolution, an acclaimed analysis of modern America.

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