Knud Enemark Jensen, Denmark Cycling, 1960
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
In the picture (clockwise from left): The Rome 1960 poster. Jensen has a fatal crash from his bike. He is helped along for a few kilometres by his Danish teammates. The 1960 Summer Olympics logo.
In Rome, Italy, Jensen became the first Olympian to die after using a performance enhancing substance. The Danish team was in the hunt for a bronze. About eighty kilometres into the race, they were one man down when Jensen began to sway on his bicycle.
He crashed and fractured his skull.
His teammates helped him paddle a few kilometres but then gave up. Jensen was transferred to a hospital with high fever. He never regained consciousness.
His remained a matter of speculation for some time. The Danish press reported he had a sunstroke. A Danish coach later revealed that Jensen had consumed amphetamine and ronicol. The drug was soon banned from sport.