Usain Bolt’s “triple-triple” 2008 Beijing Olympics title was nullified after 4 x 100 meters teammate Nesta Carter retrospectively tested positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.
“It’s heartbreaking [the positive test] because over the years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion… but it’s just one of those things,” Bolt said last summer, confirming that returning the gold medal is not a problem once the decision is finalized.
Bolt, Carter and the remaining two of the Jamaican relay team, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell, have now been stripped of their medals from Beijing 2008.
Automatically, 4x100m silver medalists Trinidad and Tobago will step up to claim the gold spot, while Japan and Brazil will be boosted to silver and bronze, respectively. Bolt could potentially lose other medals if any of Carter’s later samples test positive.
“Once the IOC’s case and any appeal is concluded for the disqualification of Nesta Carter from the men’s 4x100m event at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 for an anti-doping rule violation, the IAAF will take it to the Jamaican federation to determine Carter’s sanction beyond this disqualification. The IAAF will also retest any samples it holds in storage for the athlete from other competitions,” the International Association of Athletics Federations stated on Wednesday night.
The Jamaican sprinter’s lawyer, Stuart Stimpson, however said that Carter will take an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the verdict.
Carter, the sixth fastest 100m runner of all time, has been harvesting gold medals alongside Bolt in 2011, 2013, and 2015 World Championships and London 2012 Olympics, with a drug-clean record.