Usain Bolt Suffers Major Setback, Loses Gold Medal

By Ikenga Chronicles January 25, 2017

Usain Bolt has suffered a major setback as he is stripped of one of his Olympic gold medals on Wednesday by the International Olympic Committee(IOC).

Bolt, who has nine Olympic gold medals to his name has seen his gold medal haul reduced to eight after Jamaica’s  4x100m relay win at the 2008 Beijing Games was cancelled because Nesta Carter tested positive to a banned substance.

His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Carter, 31, was also part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and helped Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

He ran the first leg for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.

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.

Bolt can now no longer boast of his ‘triple triples’ as ‎ 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.

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