Usain Bolt stripped of gold medal for doping

This came in the retesting of samples from the Beijing Games.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) revealed on Thursday it had stripped Jamaica of their 4x100m relay gold meda at the 2008 Beijing Games after a re-analysis of Nesta Carter's samples tested positive for a prohibited substance.

Carter was one of 454 doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) a year ago, and has been found to contain the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. His lawyer has already confirmed that his client plans to lodge an appeal to CAS.

"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". Nesta Carter, his team mate who failed the test is the sixth fastest runner of all time, ran the first leg in the relay.

Carter also won gold alongside Bolt in the 4x100m relays at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championships and London 2012 Olympics, though there is no suggestion he had been taking banned substances before or during those competitions.

Last June, when reports of Carter's positive test first broke, Bolt was largely philosophical about the prospect of returning one of his gold medals but admitted that to do so would be hard. 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 Trinidad & Tobago team will now be awarded gold medals, while Japan will be upgraded to silver, and Brazil to bronze.

The Brazilian women's 4x100 team also was promoted to bronze after victor Russian Federation was disqualified in August in a retesting of doping samples from the Beijing Olympics.

  • Rosalie Stanley