Usain Bolt’s golden Olympic record was diminished Wednesday after Jamaican compatriot Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.
Re-analysis of Carter’s samples from Beijing resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.
Carter’s positive test means the four members of the 4x100m relay in Beijing 2008 – Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Carter, a bronze medalist at the 2013 World Championships will lose their titles.
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The gold medal will no longer count after the governing body of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) disqualified the Caribbean island’s sprint team Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Bolt cemented his status as an all-time great by completing an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ in Rio 2016, becoming the only man to win all three sprint events at three Olympic Games.
Last summer Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, said returning one of his golds would be “heartbreaking” but added that he “would not have a problem” doing so.