Jamaican Relay Team Stripped Of Olympic Gold Medal


Penelope Cairns |

Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, together with his relay team from the 2008 Beijing Olympics have been stripped of their gold medals.

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Double Olympic champion Nesta Carter was caught out in the reanalysis of urine and blood samples from the Beijing Games in 2008, and tested positive for doping. Carter ran the first leg for Jamaica’s 4 x 100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.

Carter was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Nesta Carter - IAAF
Nesta Carter – IAAF

Bolt, 30, completed the impressive ‘triple triple’ at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 when he won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012.

During an interview in June, Bolt said the prospect of having to return the gold was “heartbreaking”.

“For years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and you work hard to be a champion, but it’s one of those things. I’m more concerned about the athlete and I hope he gets through it.”

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