Legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is one Olympic medal short after Jamaica’s 4×100 gold medal at the 2008 Olympics was rescinded.
The decision was by the International Olympic Committee made after one of the members of that team, Nesta Carter, tested positive for a banned substance, methylhexanamine.
The athletes’ blood and urine samples had been reanalyzed before the 2016 Rio games, and Carter’s – along with 30 others – had their samples come back positive.
The team, made up of Bolt, Carter, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, had set a new world record of 37.10 seconds for the event. All 4 members have had their medals withdrawn.
Usain Bolt has always been strongly against doping, and has previously said he’d never mind returning a medal.
He said: “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. 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.”
Carter also won the same event at the 2012 Olympics in London, though a decision has not been made on those medals.