The undisputed fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, could have one of his 9 Olympic gold medals stripped after a former team mate has tested positive for a banned substance. Nesta Carter was a member of the Jamaican quartet that included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt, who won the 4x 100m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The 31-year-old sprinter was tested on the evening of the race over 8 years ago and, at the time, was found to contain ‘no adverse analytical finding’, these same samples were saved and later, were part of 454 that was chosen to be re-tested last year. Both the sprinter and the Jamaican Olympic committee were informed of the findings before a B sample was tested. Following both the retesting and sample B testing, both were found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
Carta ran the first leg in Beijing, as well as being involved in the quartet that retained the title four years later in London, to add to their world Championship titles in 2011,2003 and 2015.
If Usain Bolt does have to hand one of his gold medals back, it would take some of the shine off his outstanding Olympic career that saw him achieve an unprecedented ‘Triple triple’ in Rio last year after winning the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics.
For those that finished 2nd on that night in Beijing, it means Trinidad and Tobago and Japan would have their medals upgraded to Gold and Silver respectively, while Brazil, who finished fourth, would be awarded the Bronze.