Bolt loses Olympic gold as teammate fails drug test

Jamaican 4x100m relay team stripped of gold medal after Carter was found guilty of doping at 2008 Olympic Games.

    Bolt loses Olympic gold as teammate fails drug test
    Jamaica's 4x100m squad was made up of Powell, Bolt, Carter and Frater [Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters]

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals and his perfect "triple treble" of Games' sprint victories after teammate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Carter was found to have taken the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday, meaning Jamaica's 4x100 metres relay team must give back their gold medals.

    "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 The corresponding medals, medallist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned," the IOC said.

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    "The IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federations] is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence."

    The IOC Disciplinary Commission ruled that 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."

    Bolt is considered one of the greatest sprinters of all time, having won an unprecedented treble of consecutive golds in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay in three straight Olympics.

    Bolt was unavailable for comment on Wednesday but in June, when sources familiar with the case told Reuters news agency that Carter had failed a doping test, Bolt was philosophical about the prospect of losing a gold medal.

    "It's heartbreaking [the positive test] 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," Bolt said.

    "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." 

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    Trinidad and Tobago are set to be promoted to gold in the Beijing 4x100, in which Jamaica set a then world record, with Japan moving up to silver and fourth-placed Brazil earning bronze.

    A reallocation of medals is subject to any further results from the IOC anti-doping retesting programme.

    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.

    Carter returned a positive result in re-tests of samples from the Beijing Olympics for the prohibited stimulant methylhexaneamine, the IOC said.

    Asafa Powell, who has himself served a six-month doping ban, and Michael Frater completed the Jamaica sprint team at the 2008 race.

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    SOURCE: News agencies


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