Bolt loses 2008 relay gold after Carter’s positive test
Usain Bolt forced to return 2008 Beijing Olympic gold in the men’s 4x100m after Nesta Carter failed retrospective doping test
LONDON (i newspaper) — Usain Bolt has been stripped of one his nine Olympic gold medals after one of his Jamaican team-mates in the 4x100 metres relay tested positive for a banned substance at the 2008 Games.
The revelation means the world’s greatest sprinter can no longer claim to have completed the “treble-treble” of three golds at successive Games, after Nesta Carter failed a doping test for Methylhexaneamine in the re-analysis of urine and blood samples from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Carter, the sixth fastest 100m runner of all time, produced a blisteringly fast opening leg in the 4x100m relay, which also included Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, to help Jamaica break the world record in 37.10 seconds and allow Bolt to win his third gold medal eight years ago.
The 31-year-old Jamaican did not compete at the Rio Olympics in August amid fears his name was on a provisional list of 31 athletes who had failed doping tests, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed on Wednesday that Carter had been disqualified.
As a result of the ruling, all four members of the Jamaican 4x100m relay have now been stripped of their medals. Silver medallists Trinidad and Tobago are promoted to gold, with Japan upgraded to silver, and Brazil to bronze.
“The Jamaican team is disqualified from the men’s 4 x 100m relay event,” the IOC said in a statement. “The corresponding medals, medallist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.”
After news of Nesta’s positive finding emerged last summer, Bolt had said he would accept the verdict and return his medal. “It’s heartbreaking because over the years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion — but it’s just one of those things.
“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 also won gold alongside Bolt in the 4x100m relays at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championships and London 2012 Olympics, although there is no suggestion he had been taking banned substances before or during those competitions.
Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms and Carter’s agent Adrian Laidlaw declined to comment.