Usain Bolt Stripped of One of His Nine Olympic Gold Medals

By Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil [CC BY 3.0 br]

Usain Bolt has been stripped of one of his Olympic gold medals after his team-mate Nesta Carter was tested positive for a banned substance.

Carter was part of the Jamaican gold-winning relay team at the Bejing Olympics in 2008. He was tested on the evening of the event in Beijing with the results coming back with no ‘adverse analytical finding’.

However, an anomaly was discovered following the IOC’s decision to randomly retest 454 samples from Beijing now they have the latest scientific analysis methods at their disposal.

Back in June 2016 prior to the Rio games, it was reported that Carter’s sample was found to contain methylhexanamine which has been prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2004. In 2011 it was reclassified as a ‘special substance’ as it has the possibliity to have a credible non-doping explanation. The drug itself was actually publically sold in the United States until 1983 as a nasal decongestant. However, now is considered to be generally used as part of a dietary supplement.

After reviw of the case it was announced today that Carter’s sample had tested positive without cause to believe there were extenuating circumstances. Consequently, the 2008 Jamaican quartet of Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Nesta Carter have had their then world-record breaking (37.10 seconds) gold medals for the 4×100 relay revoked. Subsequently, Trinidad and Tobago who finished in silver-medal position, Japan who finished in bronze-medal position and Brazil who finished fourth will be upgraded.

This now means Bolt can no longer claim to have the sprint triple-treble having won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the past 3 Olympic games – the feat that truly moved Bolt from greatness to legendary status.

Speaking in June about the prospect of this result he said with his accustomed relaxed attitude, “Things happen in life, so when it’s confirmed or whatever, if I need to give back my gold medal I’d have to give it back, it’s not a problem for me.”

All Bolt can do now is ‘try’ to win all three events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games to restore his triple-treble and add to his now 8 Olympic gold medals.


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