Thursday, 26 January 2017

Usain Bolt loses gold as IOC strip Jamaica of 2008 relay win

Usain Bolt lost one of his nine Olympic gold
medals Wednesday when the International
Olympic Committee stripped Jamaica of their
4x100m relay win at the 2008 Beijing Games
after Nesta Carter was caught doping.
The decision which follows the retesting of
hundreds of samples from the Beijing event,
means that Bolt, as Carter’s teammate, loses
one of the three gold medals he won at that
Olympics.
Carter was found to have tested positive for
banned substance Methylhexanamine, which
was once used in nasal decongestants but now
is more commonly found as an ingredient in
dietary supplements.
This file photo taken on August 22, 2008 shows
Jamaica’s Nesta Carter (L) and Usain Bolt
celebrating after winning the men’s 4×100m
relay final at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium
during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. AFP
PHOTO
The loss of the relay gold deprives Bolt of one
of his ‘triple triples’ — he won gold in the
100m, 200 and the 4x100m at Beijing and then
went on to repeat the feat in London in 2012
and again in Rio last year.
The IOC said in a statement that in the case of
Carter, 31, re-analysis of his 2008 samples
“resulted in a positive test for the prohibited
substance methylhexaneamine.”
The IOC Disciplinary Commission ruled that
Carter “is found to have committed an anti-
doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-
Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the
XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008.”
As such, he “is disqualified from the men’s
4x100m relay event” and must return his medal
while the team is likewise disqualified and
must hand back their medals.
The IOC said that Russia’s Tatiana Lebedeva,
who won silver in the women’s triple jump
event and long jump, had also been disqualified
following re-analysis of her samples which
showed up positive for
dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol), a
substance on the world body’s banned list.