Usain Bolt has been stripped off one of his nine Olympic medals and title because of an offence. It is such a sad new that the almighty Usain Bolt from Jamaica has lost the glory attached to his name.
Usain was reportedly stripped off the titles and medal because of the doping offence of his teammates Nesta Carter.
Bolt is no longer the owner of the hallowed ‘triple-triple’ of Olympic sprint titles and will have to hand back the 4x100m relay gold medal won at Beijing 2008 alongside Carter.
Bolt, the world’s greatest track-and-field star, is now the only one of six sub-9.79 sec 100m runners not to have committed a doping violation, with double Olympic champion Nesta Carter caught out in the reanalysis of urine and blood samples from the Beijing Games.
However, news emerged last summer that Carter’s name was on a provisional list of athletes whose doping samples failed retesting when they were analysed using the latest scientific techniques in order to weed out drugs cheats ahead of Rio 2016.
Carter, the sixth fastest 100m runner of all time, ran the opening leg of the Olympic 4 x 100m final nine years ago as Jamaica stormed to victory in a then world-record 37.10 sec, helping Bolt to a clean sweep of sprint titles as he burst on to the global stage at his first Games.
Carter did not compete in Rio and has been fighting to clear his name, but the International Olympic Committee confirmed his sample had tested positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.
All four members of the Jamaican relay team – which also included Michael Frater and Asafa Powell – have now been stripped of their medals from Beijing 2008, ruining Bolt’s perfect Olympic record of 100m, 200m and 4x100m triumphs from three Games.
Original Beijing 4x100m silver medallists Trinidad and Tobago are likely to be upgraded to gold, with Japan boosted to silver and Brazil bronze. Usain Bolt could potentially lose other medals if any of Carter’s later samples test positive.
The International Association of Athletics Federations, in a statement on Wednesday night, said: “Once the IOC’s case and any appeal is concluded for the disqualification of Nesta Carter from the men’s 4x100m event at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 for an anti-doping rule violation, the IAAF will take it to the Jamaican federation to determine Carter’s sanction beyond this disqualification. The IAAF will also retest any samples it holds in storage for the athlete from other competitions.”
Carter is to lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the verdict.
“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,” he 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.”
Profile | Usain Bolt
Born: 21 August 1986 in Sherwood, Jamaica. His parents ran a general store in the village. He has an older half-sister, Sherine, and younger half-brother, Sadiki
Childhood: An average pupil, his main interests were in cricket and football. He later won a scholarship to IAAF High Performance Training Centre in Jamaica
Early career: Aged 15, Bolt made his debut at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, where he won the 200m
Medals: Eight Olympic and 11 World Championship gold medals. He was stripped of one of his nine Olympic titles after his Jamaican 4x100m team-mate, with whom he won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, tested positive for a banned substance.
World Records: In 2009 Bolt became the world record holder in the 100 and 200m:
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