TORONTO, MARCH 16 -- Angella Issajenko testified today that she now believes her doctor may have given her and Ben Johnson an anabolic steroid intended for treatment of animals, not humans, before they competed in the Seoul Olympics. Issajenko, 30, Canada's top female sprinter, today concluded four days of testimony before a federal inquiry into drug use by athletes with the startling statement. She said the physician, Dr. George Astaphan, told her the milky white substance he injected into her was a steroid called estrogol, but that she could never find any mention of such a drug in pharmaceutical directories. She said she now believes the milky white substance she said Astaphan administered to her, Johnson and some of their teammates was the steroid stanozolol, which is manufactured for veterinary purposes only. Issajenko said the theory would explain why stanozolol was found in Johnson's urine when he was tested after winning the gold medal in the 100 meters and why she experienced unusual stiffness and weight gain before competing in Seoul. Issajenko performed poorly in her races and was not tested for drugs. Astaphan's lawyer, Lorne Levine, said he believed the staff of the inquiry has tested some of the leftover bottles the physician distributed to the athletes the month before the Games, but that, "I have not been made aware of the results." "I think it's somewhat doubtful that there would be a mistake made by Dr. Astaphan or the athletes," Levine added. Commission counsel Robert Armstrong declined to discuss what facts the inquiry's staff may have on the drugs, although during most of his examination of Issajenko and coach Charlie Francis he was careful to preface his questions about the drug by calling it "the drug you believed to be estrogol" or "the drug Dr. Astaphan told you was estrogol." Before breaking for a two-week spring recess today, the inquiry heard brief testimony from Issajenko's husband, Tony Issajenko, 24. He described how his future wife had first told him about the effect of steroids when he was 16. Francis, he said, advised him not to start using the drugs at that time because of the danger they might effect his bone growth. Three years later, however, Tony Issajenko did start using steroids, taking pills his future wife gave him from her personal supply. The pills gave him stamina, "enthusiasm" and a "general sense of well-being," he said. But, they did not help his track career. After running a "disappointing " in the 100 meters in the spring of 1985, he retired from the sport and devoted himself to the task of operating a women's shoe store and helping his wife with her career. He often gave her steroid injections, he said.
Taylor-Issajenko was a part of the doping regime of George Astaphan , the physician who supplied Ben Johnson with stanazolol .  After Issajenko's training partner Johnson tested positive for stanozolol in 1988, she testified in the Dubin Inquiry and gave a detailed account of widespread substance abuse in athletics which included her reading from her diary. She later told her story to writers Martin O'Malley and Karen O'Reilly for her biography Running Risks which was a detailed tell-all of her sprinting experiences and her dealings with performance-enhancing drugs.