did knud enemark jensen died from doping?

Knud Enemark Jensen, photo: EPU/TT

Knud Enemark Jensen, photo: EPU/TT

Since the ancient times the substances and the meaning of doping were changing. Its contemporary definition can be linked to Abraham Wood, who took laudanum, a tincture of opium, before his run in sports tryouts in 1807 in United Kingdom. During the next decades doping became more and more popular - the athletes were faster, stronger and lasted longer, which made the competition itself more interesting.

It was like that until 1960s, when IOC decided to fight with it for the first time. The reason behind it was death of Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen during 1960 Summer Olympics, held in Rome. During 100 kilometres race, just before the finish line, Jensen shouted out to his fellow Danish cyclists that he felt dizzy. A moment after he began to wobble and eventually fell, hitting his head. He died couple hours later. At first heat stroke was thought to be a cause of death. The temperature hit 40 degrees Celsius. A moment later Jensen's coach was accused of giving amphetamine to the cyclist. Even though there was a lack of evidence, this message got through to the public eye. Therefore MKOI decided to implement first restrictions in using doping.