Usain Bolt stripped of one of his gold medals
One of the most decorated athletes of all time, Usain Bolt, has been stripped of his 4x100m relay medal as his teammate and close friend, Nesta Carter, has been tested positive for a banned substance.
Carter was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
This is obviously devastating news for Usain as he had famously completed the ‘triple triple’ in what would turn out to be the dawning of a new superstar.
To be stripped of the medal would be what some people would call harsh, however, if you are the worst or best athlete in the world, these procedures still have to be in place. Carter was tested on the evening of the Beijing final in 2008 but that was found at the time to contain no “adverse analytical finding”- this just shows how drug testing has changed over the years!
Speaking in June, Bolt said the prospect of having to return the gold was “heart-breaking.” As the most decorated athlete of all time, to be torn away from one of your prized possessions would be horrible- especially something that you didn’t even do yourself!
A ripped apart Bolt quoted: “For years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and you work hard to be a champion and create a reputation, but it’s one of those things.”
Despite it having nothing to do with Usain Bolt, it will not damage his reputation but it will affect it, it will take the shine off it and it is 100% certain that he won’t be happy.
When people hear things like this, a few celebrate, not because it is knocking a huge star’s reputation but rather for the catching of another cheat- cheats will never be able to sleep peacefully!
The drug that Carter used has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) prohibited list since 2004. So, Carter clearly knew what he was doing. Surprisingly, methylhexanamine has been used more recently as an ingredient in dietary supplements! Nevertheless, it is a banned substance and the bottom line is Carter knew what he was doing and is a cheat.
What lies ahead for Nesta Carter is unknown but what is certain is that he is in a sticky situation and he is a blatant cheat. If it wasn’t for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) then another cheating rascal would have slipped the tight grasp of the sport.
Will, YJA Sports Correspondent
Senior Young Journalist
Year 6, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy