Seeing as I have already compiled a similar list for the football, it is only fair that it is hurling’s turn.
Unsurprisingly the traditional powers, the “big three” of Kilkenny, Tipperary and Cork dominate this list, each contributing two sides. All sides, with the exception of two, played during the latter-half of the 20th century because regardless of how fondly Lory Meagher is recalled, if that’s even possible nowadays, the 1920s are simply too distant an era to truly evaluate how great a side was.
Only one side from this century features for the simple reason that side has maintained such a miserly grip on Liam McCarthy since 2000.
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In light of the revelations in The Sunday Times yesterday regarding widespread drugs cheating in athletics, I thought would rewrite and update an article I wrote for my university’s newspaper three years ago regarding the most notorious self-contained case of doping in the sport’s history: the men’s 100 metres final at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Despite lasting a mere 10 seconds, the men’s 100 metres final is athletics’ blue ribbon event at every Olympic Games. However before Usain Bolt singlehandedly redeemed the race’s reputation after major victories over the last seven years, allegations of past winners doping either during an Olympics or at some point afterwards were becoming as common as they were during cycling’s dark days.
With the exception of Bolt and Donovan Bailey (1996), every 100m winner since 1984 has at some stage in their careers tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs or been caught with the banned substances in their possession. Three of these past “winners”, Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and Linford Christie, once participated in the same race, the 100m final at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the race has been consequently dubbed “the dirtiest race in history”.
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