Usain Bolt Will Lose Olympic Gold Medal; Jamaican Teammate Fails Drugs Test
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Jan 28, 2017,
Jan 28, 2017, 0:39
Jamaica's 4x100 metre relay team had their gold medals from Beijing 2008 stripped following Nesta Carter's failed doping test.
It was announced on Wednesday by the International Olympic Committee that a re-analysis of a sample provided by Carter at Beijing 2008 contained the banned substance methylhexaneamine.
Renowned Olympic gold medal runner Usain Bolt has just had one of his gold medals stripped away from him from the nine he now possesses. But according to the country's Olympic Association all is not lost for the sprint star, with an appeal set to be lodged to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"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".
Carter "is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008".More news: Geri Halliwell has welcomed her second child
Tobago and Trinidad are made a decision to be promoted to gold, with Japan gripping up to silver and Brazil acquiring bronze in the 4x100m relay in Beijing Olympic 2008. The worldwide athletics' federation (IAAF) is responsible for modifying race results and sanctioning athletes.
First-leg specialist Carter has been a vital member of Jamaica's dominant squad, helping the Caribbean island win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2011, 2013 and 2015 world championships. "He has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men's 4x100m relay event withdrawn and is ordered to return same", the statement said.
Carter's positive drug test would mean that Bolt can not be considered a gold medal victor for the triple-treble races.
More than 4,500 tests were carried out at those Games, with nine athletes caught cheating.