'We competed clean' - Cuthbert-Flynn blasts call to erase world records

May 06, 2017
Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn
Merlene Ottey

Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn has described the International Association of Athletics Federations proposal to erase all world records before 2005 as absurd.

She said that such a move would suggest that athletes from that era, including herself, would be treated like what she describes as "drug cheats."

With fellow Olympian Merlene Ottey being the Jamaican to be affected by this, as her 200m indoor record of 21.87 seconds is now on the line, Cuthbert-Flynn, who was Ottey's teammate at various Olympic Games and World Championships, told STAR Sports that she does not expect such a ruling to sit well with her.

"I think she'll be very upset about it, the fact that she's put in so much hard work - she's one of the hardest working athletes I've ever known, and we see it by her longevity and how she performed credibly over the years. So I don't think there's any question that she competed drug-free."

Cuthbert-Flynn however believes that Florence Griffith Joyner's (Flo-Jo) 100m record of 10.49 should be wiped clean.

"Flo-Jo's record should be erased," she said.

"The reason being - that 100m time, we all saw what was happening in Indianapolis that day with the long jump going on at the same time. That was wind aided. How do you not have a wind aided 100m that was going on at the same time, going in the same direction? I think that 10.49 should be erased from the books."

However, Cuthbert-Flynn does not believe that the possibility of either Elaine Thompson or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce setting new records in either event can be considered a "silver lining."

"I don't see it that way," she said. "Just because two Jamaicans may end up getting a world record then we can lose Merlene Ottey's, and others, who have worked so hard to get their records by not taking drugs and not cheating. It's a ridiculous proposal, if you ask me.

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