Usain Bolt stripped of Olympic relay gold medal due to teammate’s doping – Yahoo Sports
Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals after one of his Jamaican 4x100m relay teammates, Nesta Carter, was stripped of his 2008 Olympic participation for doping by the International Olympic Committee.
“The Jamaican team is disqualified from the men’s 4x100m relay event,” the IOC said. “The corresponding medals, medalist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.”
Carter, part of winning 4x100m relay teams with Bolt in 2008 and 2012, failed retests of Beijing Olympic doping samples for a banned stimulant in 2016. The prohibited substance was the stimulant methylhexaneamine.
The IOC decided last year to retest 2008 Olympic samples, with better testing advancements, to possibly detect banned substances that weren’t identified by 2008 testing methods.
Bolt reportedly said in June that he was “not too pleased” about the situation.
“It’s heartbreaking because over the years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion,” Bolt said in June, according to the Jamaica Gleaner. “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.”
The Jamaican 4x100m relay team took gold in a then-world record time in Beijing, capping Bolt’s breakout Olympics with three world records in three events.
The other members of the relay were Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, plus Dwight Thomas in the qualifying heat.