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Usain Bolt Could Regain 2008 Olympic Relay Gold Medal

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Written by StephanieK

As a result of an appeal on doping charges from Nesta Carter, which stripped Carter and his 4×400 meter relay teammates of their gold medals at the 2008 Olympics, Usain Bolt has a chance to regain the medal he won in that event. Carter tested positive for a banned substance when his 2008 samples were re-analyzed, which meant that the entire Jamaican relay team lost the title. It also meant that Bolt could no longer claim his record-breaking triple-triple, eight-time gold medal winner status. According to a statement from the court of arbitration for sport, Carter wants to “to set aside the challenged decision in order for the Jamaican team to be reinstated as gold medalists.” The appeal is in process, and there is no indication of how long this process will take. The International Olympic Committee announced the ruling against Carter after retesting of 454 frozen blood and urine samples from the 2008 Olympics were completed. Carter helped the relay team to its world-record time of 37.10 seconds in the 4×400 meter relay. The rules of the IAAF require that all four members of the team – Bolt, Carter, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater – be stripped of their gold medals for the event due to Carter’s positive drug test results.

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