Usain Bolt loses Olympic gold medal from 2008 Beijing Olympics after Jamaica was retrospectively disqualified from 2008 relay sprint.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Wednesday, January 25 that the reanalysis of the blood sample from his teammate Nesta Carter from the 2008 Beijing Olympics tested positive on the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.
Carter ran the first leg of the Beijing final as Jamaica set a new world record, a mark they surpassed in London four years later.
Usain Bolt made history as the first sprinter to sweep three Gold medals in three Olympic games and now he has to forfeit one of the pieces of his historic hardware.
This means that his wealth of 9 Gold medals which he got between 2008 and 2016 will be reduced to 8 as Usain Bolt loses Olympic Gold medal and Jamaica has also been stripped of the 4x100m title.
Trinidad and Tobago who were the runner-up are now in line for the promotion to the gold medal position, with Japan taking silver and Brazil bronze.
Previously, in May 2016, the Jamaican National Olympic Committee was told by IOC that Carter’s sample would be retested. In October 2016, Carter’s counsel sent a statement to the IOC that said that the athlete has been using Cell Tech and Nitro Tech with the recovery and muscle build up in 2008.
Carter said he was given various samples for doping control while he was taking the samples leading up to 2008 Olympics which he tested negative.
The IOC disciplinary commission in their decision said Carter, claims of “ingestion of an unknown supplement would not and could not deprive the commission findings of anti-doping rule violation.”
The commission also said that Carter did not provide any real evidence that the supplements he declared on his Doping Control Form might have been the likely source.
The decision read:
“On the contrary, the fact that the Athlete used such supplements regularly and that this did not lead to other problems, supports the likelihood that the source of the prohibited substance was not the supplements mentioned by the Athlete.”
Carter, who did not compete in Rio last summer, can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Last year before Usain Bolt loses Olympic Gold medal, he was asked how he would feel if he lost a medal he said, “it will be heartbreaking, but it’s one of those things. 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 IOC has retested hundreds of samples from 2008 and 2012 Olympics to possibly detect banned substances which were originally not identified during the Olympics. The method of testing has really improved since London Olympics and the latest tech can now detect long-term metabolites.
Another 2008 medallist, Russian long jumper Tatiana Lebedeva, has lost her silver medal after testing positive for turinabol.