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Bolt stripped of 2008 Olympic relay gold after Jamaica team-mate tests positive

Nesta Carter was caught after the re-testing of blood and urine samples from the Beijing Games.

Carter (second from left) has tested positive for a banned substance.
Carter (second from left) has tested positive for a banned substance.
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THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC Committee (IOC) has stripped Jamaica of their 4x100m relay gold from the 2008 Beijing Games after Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.

It means Usain Bolt loses one of the three gold medals he won at that Olympics, ruining his clean sweep of 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles from the last three Games in Beijing, London and Rio.

Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that stormed to gold inside the Bird’s Nest Stadium but the 31-year-old has been found guilty of doping following re-testing of hundreds of samples.

He ran the opening leg of the Olympic final for Jamaica as they set a new world record of 37.10 seconds.

Trinidad and Tobago, who came second, are promoted to gold medal winners, while Japan and Brazil move up to second and third place respectively.

“Nesta Carter, 31, of Jamaica, competing in the men’s 4x100m relay event (round 1 and final) in which he and his teammates ranked 1st and for which they were awarded the gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,” a statement from the IOC said.

Carter was found to have tested positive for banned substance Methylhexanamine, which was once used in nasal decongestants but now is more commonly found as an ingredient in dietary supplements.

The IOC said that Russia’s Tatiana Lebedeva, who won silver in the women’s triple jump event and long jump, had also been disqualified following re-analysis of her samples which showed up positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol), a substance on the world body’s banned list.

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