Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt surely has isn’t short of any gold. However, one medal was snatched up from him last year even after it wasn’t his fault.
The story goes on as Bolt’s Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter was tested positive in a drug test and following this, Bolt had to give his one out of nine golds back. As per the reports from BBC, Bolt won gold back in 2008 Beijing Olympics in 4×100 as his team went on to glory in a record time of 37.10 sec and in that, Carter was his partner.
But following the doping incident, Carter had to surrender all of his medals and unfortunately for Bolt, he too had to surrender the medals he won alongside Carter. To add further to it, Bolt has won gold in 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics in 100m, 200m and 4x100m.
Back in 2015, International Olympic Committee reinvestigated the samples of around 450 players and Carter, who was a part in his team’s triumph in London, was a part of it.
As per The International Association of Athletics Federations: “Once the IOC’s case and any appeal is concluded for the disqualification of Nesta Carter from the men’s 4x100m event at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 for an anti-doping rule violation, the IAAF will take it to the Jamaican federation to determine Carter’s sanction beyond this disqualification. The IAAF will also retest any samples it holds in storage for the athlete from other competitions.”
Bolt described the Carter situation as “heartbreaking”, but said he would have no problem giving back a medal if the positive test was confirmed.
“It’s heartbreaking [the positive test] 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,” he said.
“Things happen in life, so when it’s confirmed or whatever, if I need to give back my gold medal I’d have to give it back, it’s not a problem for me.”