DONE THE LAW, DONE THE SNARE
The world of sport is not left out of the day to day life we live. Words like fraud, doping, cheating, cheating, fraud, pretense, conspiracy, scam and many others, can be heard frequently in conversations and in the media. Today I am going to comment on two famous cases of athletes who wanted to achieve 'glory' without effort or with less effort than their opponents. Ukrainian Soviet Army officer Boris Onischenko competed from 1967 to 1974 in six Modern Pentathlon World Championships, winning gold four times with the Soviet team and once at the individual level. To this should be added a silver medal at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and gold at the 1972 Olympic Games with his team, in turn winning a silver medal in individual. As you can see, Onischenko was one of the most successful and respected athletes in this discipline that encompasses pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, cross-country running and horse riding (show jumping). The second day of competition fencing was played, where our character stood out and beat the first two English rivals, but something strange happened. In the third fight, against the captain of the British team Jim Fox, a point was awarded to Onischenko, without the weapon grazing his opponent, moreover, the sword was far from Fox when the hit was counted. The British delegation requested the review in case there was a technical fault, something that was not very normal in competitions of this type, but... The judges reviewed Onischenko's sword, discovering that it had been modified, of course illegally, with an electronic mechanism that allowed a touch to be recorded without actually making contact with the opponent. Boris was expelled from the competition forcing the Soviet Union to withdraw from the event. The British team won the gold medal. Onischenko was banned from competing in perpetuity and ended up working as a taxi driver in Kiev.
Rosie Ruiz, Cuban by birth (1953), emigrated to Memphis at the age of eight and lived there with her uncles, away from her mother's tutelage. In the 1970s, he moved to New York. In 1979 she participated in the New York City Marathon, a request that arrived after the deadline for the race, but allowing her to participate thanks to a special dispensation because she claimed that she was dying of brain cancer. In 1980, she rose to fame after winning the Boston Marathon, with the third best female mark in history: 2:31:56, and upon reaching the finish line she told the press "I woke up with a lot of energy this morning". Eight days later she was stripped of her title. Two young men attested to having seen it 1.6 km away. of arrival leaving the public to join the route. Other observers of the test said that it was impossible to cover more than 42 km. and reach the finish line with almost no sweat and no panting. On the other hand, there was no graphic document, no television and no photographer had evidence of her during the competition. After investigating this 'fraudster', it was learned through the statement of the photographer Susan Morrow, that Rosie Ruiz had coincided with her in the New York subway and had seen how the alleged athlete rejoined the test with a few meters to go. the end of it, taking advantage of the commotion and euphoria of the spectators in said New York Marathon. As we can see, it was not enough for him to try to cheat once and he did it a second time, as far as we know... Rosie Ruiz passed away in 2019, after battling cancer for a decade.