Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt has been stripped of his 2008 Olympic gold medal due to due to a doping offence by his team-mate, Nesta Caster tests positive to drugs.
BBC reports that “Carter was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.”
30 year-old Bolt, completed a ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer, sweeping to 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres golds. He had won 3 golds each in previous two editions; Beijing 2008 and London 2012 of the Games in same events.
Carter was also part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and helped Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015. The team won in a then world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, who will now have their medals upgraded. Brazil will receive bronze.
Carter was tested on the evening of the Beijing final in 2008 but that was found at the time to contain no “adverse analytical finding”.
More than 4,500 tests were carried out at those Games, but just nine athletes were caught cheating.
An anomaly was discovered in Carter’s submission following the IOC’s decision to retest 454 samples from Beijing using the latest scientific analysis methods.