Usain Bolt gets 2008 Olympic medal taken away

Usain Bolt has lost one of his gold medals from Beijing 2008, but it’s because of his teammate Nesta Carter.


The Independent

The Jamaica 4x100M winning team. From left to right, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, and Asafa Powell

The man regarded as the world’s fastest runner, Usain Bolt, had his first Olympic gold medal taken away from him. The reason it’s getting taken away, however, has nothing to do with Bolt. One of his teammates, Nesta Carter, failed a doping test.

Carter was tested back in 2008 the night after their dominance. He tested positive for nothing, but was re-tested when the IOC (International Olympic Committee) wanted to re-investigate 1 of the 454 doping samples.

Usain Bolt expressed how he felt getting one of his medals taken away.

“It will not tarnish my legacy. Definitely not. I have proved to the world over and again, I have done it clean. It would be disappointing (to lose the medal), but it is life.” Bolt continued to show he was fine with it, “What are you going to do? I have no control over it. Things happen in life, so when it is confirmed or whatever, if I need to give back my gold medal I’d have to give it back, it is not a problem for me,” He said to the Daily Mail.

With this loss, Bolt now has 8 gold medals in his past three Olympic Games. Unfortunately, this takes away his triple-triple which has not been done by any team in Olympic history. A triple-triple means that “Bolt will have gone three for three in his events in each of the his three Olympiads, winning gold nine times.”

You would think that Bolt would be mad at Carter, but it is very much the opposite.

“I’m not going to despise anybody for anything,” Bolt said. “Nesta and I are still friends. We came up through the ranks in high school, so we are still friends, and I really do not have a problem with him,” Bolt told Allsports News.