Written by on January 26, 2017

Jamaica’s 2008 Olympic 4x400m relay team has been disqualified for doping and may be stripped of their gold medals.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been retesting hundreds of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics with new technology, and yesterday disqualified Jamaica’s relay team from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, after one of its members, Nesta Carter tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.

Nesta Carter has 21 days to appeal the ruling, and plans to do so because methylhexaneamine – which is found in nasal decongestants and dietary supplements, was not added to the list of banned substances until 2012.

The world record setting team that consisted of Carter, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, and Michael Frater, gave Bolt the first of his gold medal sweeps at 3 straight Olympics.

If the disqualification stands, It will erase his ‘triple triple’ Olympic legacy, as IOC protocol dictates that Trinidad & Tobago’s relay team – who won silver, would move into 1st place for gold, Japan will receive the silver medal, and Brazil the bronze.

For T&T, it would mark the second time a 4x400m relay team has been awarded a higher Olympic medal (silver) due to doping, after U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay was disqualified for using banned substances at the 2012 Olympics.

The IAAF says it will retest Nesta Carter’s other samples from other events.

PhotoCred: Reuters/Mike Blake

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