Features

Usain Bolt stripped of Olympic gold medal after Jamaican team-mate Carter fails drugs test

Usain Bolt
Written by StephanieK

Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s Olympic champion runner, can no longer claim his historic “triple triple” medal achievement, sue to the ruling in a doping case brought against his 2008 4×400 relay teammate Nesta Carter. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Carter tested positive for a banned stimulant – methylhexanamine – in a re-test of his sample taken at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.. The positive results mean that the Jamaican team is disqualified and that the associated medals, medalist pins and diplomas have been withdrawn and must be returned. The 2008 4×400 relay gold was the first of Bolt’s previous total of nine consecutive god medals in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and relay firsts. Jamaica’s 2008 relay team included Michael Frater and Asafa Powell in addition to Bolt and Carter. Now, Trinidad and Tobago is likely to be awarded the 2008 4×400 relay gold medal by the IOC, with the silver going to Japan and the bronze to Brazil. Carter told the IOC that he was taking supplements in 2008 that he was advised to take by his coach Stephen Francis and that he did not believe the supplement could contain a banned substance. Methylhexanamine was not on the list of prohibited substances in 2008, but according to the IOC, it “fell within the scope of the general prohibition of stimulants having a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect” as the substances listed in 2008.

About the author

StephanieK