Usain Bolt Stripped of Olympic Gold Medal Due to Teammate’s PED Use


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Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the history of humans, is a little lighter on his medal count today.

His teammate in the 4 x 100 relay at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Nesta Carter, tested positive for a banned substance. As a result, all gold medal winners in that event will be stripped of their medals—which means Usain Bolt will still be sitting pretty, but with just eight Olympic golds now.

Carter was tested just after the final in Beijing back in 2008, but no banned substances were found. When samples were re-tested last year, the positive result came up. The news broke back in May of 2016, before the Rio Games began—during which Bolt won another three gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4×100-meter competitions.

When asked what he thought about the possibility of losing a gold medal back in June, Bolt described it as “heartbreaking.”

“For years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and you work hard to be a champion, but it’s one of those things,” Bolt said. “I’m more concerned about the athlete and I hope he gets through it.”

As a result of the penalty, the teams of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan could have their medals upgraded to gold and silver, respectively, while Brazil would be bumped up into the bronze medal position.

Hat Tip – [BBC]

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