Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt from Jamaica has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals after teammate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Reanalysis of the sample of Nesta Carter revealed presence of the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made this announcement and ordered the Jamaican relay team to return back their gold medals.
Since 2004, Methylhexanamine has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code prohibited list although it was reclassified on the 2011 list as a “specified substance”.
Stuart Stimpson, the lawyer of Carter, said his client will soon be lodging an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Considered the greatest sprinter of all time, Bolt won an unprecedented treble of consecutive gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4×100 relay in three straight Olympics. Bolt had previously remarked that it is heartbreaking to learn about the positive test of Carter. The Jamaican sprinter had added it hurts because over the years you have worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion and added but it is just one of those things. He also remarked he has no problems to return the gold medal.
Trinidad and Tobago would now be promoted to gold in the Beijing 4×100, while Japan would move up to silver and Brazil would earn the bronze medal.
Carter has been a vital member of the dominant squad of Jamaica. He assisted the Caribbean island win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2011, 2013, and 2015 world championships.