Usain Bolt stripped of 2016 Olympic Gold Medal After Relay Teammate Tested Positive For Banned Substance
Jan 25, 2017 05:04 PM EST
Nesta Carter, a teammate of Usain Bolt in the 2008 4x100m Jamaican relay team, tested positive for a banned substance after a reanalysis of his urine and blood samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed the positive test results on Wednesday. Bolt, Carter, including teammates Michael Frater and Asafa Powell, were stripped of their 2008 Beijing Olympic Games gold medals.
Usain Bolt's perfect Olympic record of 100m, 200m and 4x100 victories from three Olympic Games is now tarnished and he can no longer claim to be a "triple-triple" Olympic champion as a result of being stripped of the gold medal. Bolt, however, is still the only one of six sub-9.79 sec 100m runners not to have failed a drug test.
Nesta Carter, 31, is the sixth fastest 100m runner of all time. Carter was the lead off runner in the final of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games' 4x100m relay race. Jamaica ran away to victory during that race with a then world-record 37.10 seconds. The win helped Usain Bolt to a clean sweep of sprint titles as he introduced himself to the world at his first Olympic Games.
The urine and blood samples of Nesta Carter during the 2008 Beijing Games came out negative. Carter's name, however, was included on a provisional list of athletes whose samples failed retesting. Doping samples were analyzed using the latest scientific techniques and were done to weed out drug cheats before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Nesta Carter did not compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as he fights to clear his name. The IOC's retesting of Carter's urine and blood samples, on the other hand, confirmed that he was indeed positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.
Usain Bolt, 30, last year described the situation of Nesta Carter as "heartbreaking". Bolt, however, said that he was willing to give back his gold medal if ever Carter's test proved to be positive.