Usain Bolt ordered to hand back Olympic gold
Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Usain Bolt will have to return the Olympic gold medal he won as part of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team at the 2008 Beijing Games, after teammate Nesta Carter was sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC ruling stated that reanalysis of Carter’s samples taken at the Games had tested positive for banned substance methylhexaneamine.

As a result, the whole of the Jamaican men’s 4x100m team has been disqualified, and “the corresponding medals, medallist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned [by the athletes].”

It means that Bolt's much-lauded ‘triple-triple’ of three gold medals won at each of the last three Games – Beijing, London, and Rio - is no longer valid.

It was first reported that Carter might have failed a "B" sample test in June 2016.

Back then, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) released a statement saying it had been notified by the IOC that a positive test had been returned, but the athlete wasn't named.

The Trinidad & Tobago team will now be awarded gold medals, while Japan will be upgraded to silver, and Brazil to bronze.

The latest IOC ruling also covered Russian triple-jump athlete Tatiana Lebedeva, who was retroactively disqualified from the Beijing Games, where she won a silver medal, after reanalysis of samples “resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).”

 



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