OTTAWA -- Ben Johnson now has a drug-free win -- but still has a way to go before regaining his old speed.
Johnson won the 55-meter dash in 6.20 seconds, a Canadian record, at the Ottawa Winternational Indoor Games Saturday night. But the time was far off the 6.01 Johnson ran while he was using steroids.
That mark, along with all of Johnson's other records, was erased when he admitted to using steroids to enhance his performances.
"It feels good, but the way things are now I'm not very happy because this is just the beginning," Johnson said after his first victory in three comeback races. "I have a lot more things to adjust and to accomplish."
Johnson, the first-place finisher in the 100-meter dash at the 1988 Olympics, was suspended for two years after testing positive for steroids.
In the first race of his comeback, he finished second to American Daron Council at 50 meters Jan. 11 at Hamilton, Ontario. He was the runner-up to another American, Andre Cason, at 50 meters Jan. 18 in Los Angeles.
Canadian Brian Morrison finished second to Johnson Saturday night in 6.21, tying the previous Canadian mark set by Mark McKoy in 1983.
Council finished third in 6.24, and Slip Watkins, another American, was last in 6.32.
The meet resembled competitions of old for Johnson.
Former Olympic teammate Desai Williams helped him warm up. An appreciative crowd of about 6,000 applauded his every move and gave him standing ovations before and after his race. The fans booed the introduction of Council.
Johnson had a better start than in his previous two races. But he said he still has to work at getting out of the blocks quicker.
"As each race goes by, I feel like I'm better," he said. "The body takes awhile to bounce back after 2 1/2 years off the track."
Johnson's coach, Loren Seagrave, said Johnson still has to work on his start and acceleration late in the race.
"He's coming back," Seagrave said. "But he's still got lots of work to do."