BOLT STRIPPED OF HIS OLYMPIC MEDAL
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 “The corresponding medals, medallist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.”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.
CHAMPIONS NO MORE: Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, from left, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter.