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Usain Bolt could lose 2008 Olympics gold medal for relay

Jamaican’s 2008 Olympics 4x100m relay gold could be in jeopardy after teammate Nesta Carter was identified as one of 32 athletes who failed a retrospective drugs test

Los Angeles: Usain Bolt’s 2008 Olympics 4x100 meters relay gold medal could be in jeopardy after team-mate Nesta Carter was identified as one of 32 athletes who failed a retrospective drugs test, the Jamaica Gleaner reported on Friday.

Michael Frater (extreme left), Bolt, Nesta Carter and Powell pose with their 2008 Beijing Olympic 4x100m relay gold medals. PIC/Getty Images
Michael Frater (extreme left), Bolt, Nesta Carter and Powell pose with their 2008 Beijing Olympic 4x100m relay gold medals. PIC/Getty Images

The Gleaner said a retest of Carter’s ‘A’ sample from the Beijing Games had found traces of the banned stimulant Methylexaneamine. The result of retests of Carter’s ‘B’ sample was not yet known, the Gleaner said citing “well-placed sources”. Carter, 30, ran the first leg for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and superstar Bolt.

The team took gold in what was then a new world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan.

Carter was also a member of Jamaica’s gold medal-winning relay teams at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championships as well as the 2012 Olympic Games. If Carter is subjected to doping sanctions, it could mean Bolt stands to lose his relay gold. In previous doping cases where individual members of a medal-winning relay squad have tested positive, the whole team is stripped of their medal.

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