Usain Bolt has been stripped of his Olympic Gold medal after tests found that Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance, and because Carter was involved in the quartet which won the gold in the 4 x 100 metres team event in Beijing, the whole team lose their respective medals.
A total of 454 samples were retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after the Russian scandal before last year’s Olympics, and the Jamaican’s sample tested positive for the banned substance that is methylhexaneamine. Unfortunately, Usain Bolt’s ‘immortal’ stamp on the Olympics – an umprecedented ‘triple triple’ in the Rio Olympic Games, which saw him win gold in the 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m relay, adding to his haul of gold medals in the same events in the 2008 and 2012 editions of the Olympics is now tarnished.
The prospect of Bolt surrendering the Gold medal was first brought up in June of 2016, when it repordely announced Nesta Carter’s doping. When faced with the pospect of handing over a medal due to the doping of one of his team-mates, Bolt told RJR communications in Kingston how it would feel.
“For years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and you work hard to be a champion, so it’s heartbreaking, but it’s one of those things, […] If I have to give back my gold medal, I’ll have to give it back.”
Usain Bolt still remains one of the greatest sportsmen of our generation, but, thanks to his team-mate, he is now one Olympic Gold medal less; no longer a ‘triple triple’, but more along the lines of a ‘double, and two’. Granted, it doesn’t sound quite right, but this is an incredible feat nontheless, and hopefully, won’t tarnish the reputation of this sportsman, as he isn’t to blame – Nesta Carter is.