HALL Gary jr. (1974) United States / Swimming
The double gold medallist in Atlanta in the American 4x100m relay 4x100m medley team, this American champion always dreamt of beating Popov in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle. The Russian had beaten him twice in Atlanta. To this end he takes nutritional supplements usually given to racehorses.Gary Hall jr. is no exemplary athlete. He was once suspended for taking drugs, surprising behaviour for a swimmer who suffers from diabetes.At the Sydney Games, he was back on top form and continued adding to his collection of medals. Two of these were golds in the 4x100m medley relay and 50 metre freestyle, where he comfortably beat Popov and Van den Hoogenbrand, the new sprint king, but not fellow countryman Ervin, with whom he tied and had to share gold. He collected a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m freestyle.