Usain Bolt Has Been Stripped Of One Of His Olympic Gold Medals
Olympic runner, Usain Bolt has been stripped of one of his gold medals.
Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic golds after his Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.
Both athletes ran to victory in the 4x100m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
According to the BBC, Carter’s was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year.
It has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine, which is only slightly more powerful than a cup of coffee, according to University of Toronto kinesiology professor Greg Wells.
The IOC released a public statement saying:
The athlete, Nesta 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… [Nester] is disqualified from the men’s 4x100m relay event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s 4x100m relay event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.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 Jamaican team is disqualified from the men’s 4x100m relay event. The corresponding medals, medallist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.
This news will come as a devastating blow to Bolt, whose illustrious and unprecedented record of the ‘triple triple’ – winning three golds at each of the three Olympics in which he’s competed – will officially be taken away from him.
Trinidad & Tobago have now been awarded the 2008 relay gold, with Japan upgraded to silver and Brazil given bronze.