Former Track Star Did All Manner of Illegal Things

Tim Montgomery was willing to do anything to beat rival Maurice Green...

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The desire to be great often drives people to do less-than-smart things.

Such is the case of Tim Montgomery, disgraced track star who was once the "world's fastest man" but is currently doing time hard time in Alabama for check fraud and drug dealing. From The Associated Press:

"The former 100-meter world-record holder, who also said he and former partner Marion Jones stored their steroids in the refrigerator "next to the vegetables," spoke to The Times newspaper from a federal prison in Alabama where he is serving time for bank fraud and drug dealing.

"Maurice got in my head real bad," Montgomery said in the interview, which was published Friday. "I wanted everything that he had."

Montgomery criticizes Greene for "clowning the other athletes." And it was after the 1999 world championships in Seville, Spain, that Montgomery decided do something.

"I would give anything to be the world's fastest," said Montgomery, who left coach Steve Riddick and joined doping-tainted coach Trevor Graham. "I wouldn't let anything get in my way."

Montgomery never tested positive for drugs, but he was linked to the BALCO doping investigation and has admitted that he doped before the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He retired after the ban was imposed in 2005."