David Jenkins

Great Britain

Track & Field (400 Meters)

B: May 25, 1952

1972 Olympic Silver Medalist, 4x400 Meter Relay

Jenkins broke onto the international scene in 1971 when he won the European Championship. The following year, he represented Great Britain at the 1972 Olympics, Jenkins finished fifth in the semifinals of the 400 meters and was a member of the British relay team that took the silver medal behind Kenya. Jenkins failed to defend his European title in 1974, finishing second, but he picked up a gold medal on the relay. His best season was 1975 where he set a personl record of 44.93, the first British runner under 45 seconds, and was ranked first in the world by Track and Field News. In the lead up to the 1976 Olympics, Jenkins admitted to taking anabolic steroids. He finished 7th in Montreal. Representing Scotland, Jenkins won the 1978 Commonwealth Games and continued to his third Olympics in Moscow in 1980, again finishing seventh in the 400 meter final. In the 1980s Jenkins together with Juan Javier Macklis set up a plant for the production of anabolic steroids in Mexico which they wanted to sell on the U.S. market. In April 1987, Jenkins was arrested and pleaded guilty in December of that year for the trafficking of steroids worth around $100 million. In 1988 Jenkins was sentenced to seven years in the Boron Federal Prison Camp in California’s Mojave Desert. He was released early after serving 10 months and 15 days, for good behavior. In 1988 Jenkins started a nutrition company and began working on a protein powder, convinced that its muscle-building properties could be marketed as a healthy, legal alternative to steroids. This is when he created and launched Pro Optibol, which has made him a multi-millionaire.

SUPERSTARS RECORD
EVENT
PLACE POINTS MONEY
EVENT WINS
1981 UK Heat 1
3
N/A
N/A
N/A
1981 U.K. Final
6
20 1/2
N/A
None
TOTALS
20 1/2
N/A

N/A

PERSONAL BESTS
Kayaking - 125 Meters
40.3e
1981 U.K. Final
Swimming - 50 Meters
44.8e
1981 U.K. Final
Gym Test - Parallel Bar Dips
41
1981 U.K. Final
Gym Test - Squat Thrusts
18
1981 U.K. Final
Gym Test - Dips + Squats
59
1981 U.K. Final
Weight Lifting - Clean & Jerk
95.0
1981 U.K. Final
Cricket
2
1981 U.K. Final
Shooting - Rifle
48
1981 U.K. Final
Cycling - 450 Meters
38.70
1981 U.K. Final
Points Scored (8 of 10 events)
20 1/2
1981 U.K. Final




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