BOLT STRIPPED OF HIS OLYMPIC MEDAL

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GENEVA: Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals in a dop­ing case in­volv­ing Ja­maican team­mate Nesta Carter.

The IOC said yes­ter­day that Carter tested pos­i­tive for methyl­hex­aneamine, a banned stim­u­lant, in re­anal­y­sis of sam­ples from the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics. Carter and Bolt were team­mates on the win­ning 4×100m re­lay team, which set a world record of 37.10 sec­onds. Carter ran the open­ing leg, and Bolt took the ba­ton third in a team that also in­cluded Michael Frater and Asafa Pow­ell.

“The Ja­maican team is dis­qual­i­fied,” the IOC said in a state­ment. “The cor­re­spond­ing medals, medal­list pins and diplo­mas are with­drawn and shall be re­turned.”

The re­lay ti­tle in Bei­jing com­pleted the first of Bolt’s gold medal sweeps in the 100, 200 and re­lay at three straight Olympics. Bolt set world record times for all three sprint ti­tles at the Bird’s Nest.

“I want to share it with my team,” said Bolt af­ter com­plet­ing his hat-trick in 2008.

“It’s down to them that I beat the world record to­day. When you beat the re­lay world record, you feel four times hap­pier.”

Bolt and Carter will re­tain their gold medals from Ja­maica’s re­lay win at the 2012 Lon­don Olympics – in a record time of 36.84s that still stands to­day. Carter, mean­while, faces a ban from the IAAF. Trinidad and Tobago is in line to get the gold medal from 2008, Ja­pan could be up­graded to sil­ver, and fourth-place fin­isher Brazil could get the bronze medal.

The IOC’s rul­ing states that Carter noted he was tak­ing sup­ple­ments in 2008 “ad­vised in this re­spect by his coach, Mr Stephen Fran­cis”.

“The athlete ex­plained that he had given sev­eral sam­ples for dop­ing con­trols whilst he was tak­ing Cell Tech and Nitro Tech be­fore the 2008 Olympic Games and he had never tested pos­i­tive for a pro­hib­ited sub­stance,” the de­tailed ver­dict stated. “He, there­fore, did not be­lieve that these sup­ple­ments could con­tain pro­hib­ited sub­stances. He did not un­der­stand how methyl­hex­aneamine could have been found in 2016.”

Though methyl­hex­aneamine was not specif­i­cally named on the 2008 list of pro­hib­ited sub­stances, it “fell within the scope of the gen­eral pro­hi­bi­tion of stim­u­lants hav­ing a sim­i­lar chem­i­cal struc­ture or sim­i­lar bi­o­log­i­cal ef­fect as the listed stim­u­lants”, the three-mem­ber IOC panel wrote.

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

CHAM­PI­ONS NO MORE: Ja­maica’s 4x100m re­lay team at the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics, from left, Asafa Pow­ell, Usain Bolt, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter.

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