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Almost quarter of a century after being disqualified from the Seoul Olympics after one of the biggest scandals in Olympic history, sprinter Ben Johnson is hoping to make his mark in the movies. He has plans for a biopic which will tell the story of his Jamaican childhood, his great rivalry with Carl Lewis, and of his rise and very sudden fall as a sports star. In the meantime, he is one of the participants in British director Daniel Gordon's excellent new feature documentary 9.79*, which looks at the 100-metre final in Seoul from the perspective of all eight athletes who competed in it. Johnson approves of the film and has been at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam to support its screening. »

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