Usain Bolt lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AFP) — Usain Bolt lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals yesterday when the International Olympic Committee stripped Jamaica of their 4x100m relay win at the 2008 Beijing Games after a teammate was caught doping.
It is the result of retesting of hundreds of samples from the Beijing Games and means that Bolt — who had previously described the prospect as “heartbreaking” — loses one of the three gold medals he won at that Olympics.
Bolt’s relay teammate Nesta Carter, who ran the first leg of the race, was found to have tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine, which was once used in nasal decongestants but now is more commonly found as an ingredient in dietary supplements.
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 last year.