USAIN BOLT RETURNED HIS 2008 RELAY GOLD MEDAL
Written by IrieJam Radio on January 31, 2017
Sprint champion Usain Bolt has returned his 4x100m relay gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Bolt – along with the other members of Jamaica’s 2008 men’s 4x100m relay team, are to surrender their gold medals to the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) as instructed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Last week, the IOC announced that Team Jamaica was disqualified after a retesting of Nesta Carter’s samples returned positive for a banned substance.
As of today, Usain Bolt is the only confirmed member of the team to return his medal, though they were all expected to on Friday.
The Jamaica Olympic Association will retain possession of the medals, medalist pins, and the diplomas awarded to the team, pending the outcome of Carter’s appeal, that is based on the fact that they substance in question wasn’t banned until 2012.
Bolt said he is disappointed about losing a medal, but it doesn’t take away from what he has done in his career. Calling it “just one of those things that happen in life”, he further said “I’ve done all I wanted in the sport, I have really impacted the sport, I’ve really accomplished a lot so for me, I can’t complain.”
Bolt said as this will be last season competing, he cannot let the situation deter him from his focus this season and his priority is to avoid distractions.
The team consists of Bolt, Carter, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, and Dwight Thomas who ran in the first round, set a World Record of 37.10 seconds. Carter ran the first leg for the team, which helped award Bolt his 3rd gold medal of those Games, and the first of his “triple-triple” victories.