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04 May 2010

Athletes dope with growth hormone

Human growth hormone can make the difference between finishing first in a sprint race and finishing last.

Human growth hormone can make the difference between finishing first in a sprint race and finishing last, a world- first study of the performance-enhancing effects of the banned injections has shown.

"We found the enhancement in sprint capacity would correlate to a 0.4-second improvement over 10 seconds in a 100m dash," Ho said. "This improvement could turn the last-place finisher in the Olympic finals into a gold medal winner."

 
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