Edward McClelland argues in Slate that many women’s world records from the 1980s (and still standing) were set by women who doped.
They weren’t caught because anti-drug testing was not as prevalent. Yet, because steroids enhance female performances more than male performances, records set then still stand. This adversely affects the women’s sport today through less visibility, money and support.
Expunging those records would level the playing field, and would allow today’s runners to legitimately dream of reaching the pinnacle of the sport.