James Magnussen, a retired swimming champion from Australia, has expressed his desire to intentionally use performance-enhancing substances in an unofficial attempt to break the world record in the 50m freestyle. This decision could lead to legal and ethical issues for Magnussen. Despite this, he plans to go ahead with the event at the Enhanced Games, which does not have any drug testing.
Magnussen stated on Instagram that he would take a responsible approach by conducting research and seeking advice from experts before making a decision. In America, the use of performance-enhancing substances is illegal, and anabolic steroids without a prescription can lead to imprisonment for up to a year. Travis Tygart, the executive director of the US Anti-Doping Agency, criticized the idea of enhanced games and warned against using performance-enhancing substances.
Magnussen hopes to document his effort on video to demonstrate that it can be done safely and correctly. He wants to create an athlete that has never been seen before. The Advanced Games have not yet announced the time and venue of the event. Magnussen holds a personal best of 21.52 in the 50 free, but currently, Brazil’s Cesar Cielo holds the world record at 20.91 seconds.