Successful athletes are some of the most revered and respected people in all of the world. Unlike other types of celebrities who have found fame for a variety of reasons, most people understand that their achievements in sport are the result of years of hard work and dedication. This makes them stand out as truly great individuals who have pushed their bodies to the limit.

Unfortunately, for every athlete that accomplished their goals without resorting to nefarious activities there are others who took the easy route and cheated. Whether it involved taking performance enhancing drugs or employing restricted equipment, many sportspeople have tried to take the rules into their own hands in an attempt to be the best.

Rosie Ruiz

Rosie Ruiz has become infamous for the way in which she attempted to fool race officials and the rest of the world into believing that she had won the Boston Marathon in 1980. Finishing the female portion of the race in just 2 hours and 31 minutes, she recorded one of the fastest times ever in the event and officials declared her the winner. However, eight days later it emerged that she hadn’t actually ran the entire race and had instead only run part of the course, before she simply arrived at the finish line having only traveled a few miles.

Hansie Cronje

Cricket has been hit with a number of betting scandals over the past few years but arguably the biggest was an incident involving Hansie Cronje. The cricketer was perhaps the biggest star of the sport when he was caught on camera trying to negotiate the throwing of matches in exchange for large sums of money in an upcoming test series. Police investigated the claims and the international cricket board banned him for life from competing in any future cricket events.

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