ESPN 30 for 30 9.79*: Start Time and Preview for Highly Anticipated Documentary

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2012

Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson (left) wins the 100 metres final at the Seoul Olympics, 24th September 1988. However he was later disqualified when traces of anabolic steroid were found in his urine. American athlete Carl Lewis, who was subsequently awarded the gold medal, is also pictured (far right). (Photo by Simon Bruty/Getty Images)
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ESPN's 30 for 30 returned for its second season last week with a documentary called Broke. The next episode in the award-winning series will be shown on Tuesday, and is called 9.79*.

This episode should be better than Broke, which was a good documentary but wasn't as in-depth as some of the other 30 for 30 films. Many fans who don't follow Olympic history will be hearing the details of this story for the first time, which will make 9.79* a great program.

Let's look at the start time and TV information for the program so you don't miss a minute of the compelling story told in 9.79*.


When: Tuesday, October 8

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN


Author's Note: The text below is a short preview of 9.79* and includes some spoilers.


This week's 30 for 30 episode is about Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, whose world-record time of 9.79 seconds in the 100-meter men's final at the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea was wiped from the record books after it was discovered that he tested positive for steroids.

As a result, American Carl Lewis was awarded the gold medal, which allowed him to successfully defend his gold medal from the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Johnson and Lewis were track and field rivals, and their battle in the 100-meter final was going to be one of the most exciting moments of the entire 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Unfortunately, the event isn't remembered for the spectacular athletic performance displayed that afternoon.

Johnson would have been the first Canadian to win the 100-meter men's final at the Summer Olympics since Percy Williams in 1928. Eight years after Johnson's 1988 performance, Donovan Bailey became the next, and most recent, Canadian sprinter to win the gold medal in this event.

Johnson's time would not be equaled until American Maurice Greene set the world record with a time of 9.79 seconds at the 1999 IAAF World Championships in Athens. The current record in the event is 9.58, which was set by Jamaican star Usain Bolt at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.