Usain Bolt forced to give back 2008 Olympic gold medal

Jamaica's (left to right) Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Usain Bolt and Michael Frater celebrate their gold medal after the men's 4x100-meter relay final in Beijing in 2008.

Usain Bolt has lost one of his Olympic gold medals, though he didn't commit any violations.

The decision to strip Jamaica of their 4x100m title deprives Bolt of one of his nine golds, won across three Games between 2008 and 2016.

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Carter and Bolt were part of the quartet that won the 4x100m in 2008. But a year ago, the International Olympic Committee chose to retest more than 450 samples from the Beijing Games using more advanced methods. But in 2008, when Carter's sample was taken, no such leniency was in place.

Wada defines specified substances as those that are more susceptible to a "credible, non-doping explanation". Bolt, however, said that he was willing to give back his gold medal if ever Carter's test proved to be positive. The 30-year-old sprinter recently completed a historic "triple-triple" in Rio, winning the 100-meters, 200-meters and 4x100-meter relay in three consecutive Olympics. Japan will receive silver medals and Brazil bronze. An athlete caught with methylhexaneamine in their system has a better chance of appealing or decreasing their ban than athletes caught with other drugs on the banned substance list. However, she has also been stripped of her medals, with the International Olympic Committee revealing that she tested positive for banned substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

"It's heartbreaking, because over the years you've worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion - but it's just one of those things.If I need to give back my gold medal I'd have to give it back, it's not a problem for me". Russian track and field star Tatiana Lebedeva has now tested positive in the 2008 games for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a steroid.

  • Megan Austin