Usain Bolt ordered to hand back Olympic gold

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28 January, 2017

Usain Bolt was "not pleased" to be forced into handing over his 2008 Olympic 4x100 metre relay gold medal, but did state he would help finance an appeal if necessary.

It means the world's greatest sprinter can no longer claim to have completed the "treble-treble" of three golds at successive Games, after Nesta Carter failed a doping test for Methylhexaneamine in the reanalysis of urine and blood samples from the 2008 Games.

However Carter's lawyer said he would file an appeal over the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"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". The loss of the relay gold deprives Bolt of one of his "triple triples" - he won gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m at Beijing and repeated the unprecedented feat in London in 2012 and again in Rio a year ago.

Carter tested positive after it was revealed that he had traces of a stimulant that has been banned called Methylhexanamine.

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Carter's positive drug test would mean that Bolt can not be considered a gold medal victor for the triple-treble races.

It was due to his efforts that the Jamaican team was able to set the world record in the relay with an impressive 37.10 seconds.

The Jamaican team not only won gold in the 2008 4x100m relay, but also did so in world record time.

Trinidad and Tobago are promoted to gold, with Japan upgraded to silver, and Brazil to bronze. But under the rules of the IAAF, athletics' governing body, all four members of Jamaica's 4x100m squad in 2008, which was made up of Bolt, Carter, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, will now lose their medals.

The banned drug has been prohibited ever since back in 2004, but in 2011 it was regarded as a substance that should be "specified".


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