Usain Bolt has told of his “heartbreak” at losing out on his Olympic triple-triple. The world’s fastest man was asked on Wednesday to return the relay gold medal he won in Beijing in 2008 because Jamaican team mate Nesta Carter failed a drugs test.
Bolt, who won triple sprint gold in Beijing, London and Rio to confirm himself as the greatest of the great, is innocent of any wrongdoing.
But he has paid the price for Carter testing positive for a banned substance.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Bolt ahead of the announcement by the International Olympic Committee. “Over the years I’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and worked hard to be a champion. “I’m not too pleased about the situation but it’s just one of those things that happen in life. You have to be able to deal with it. “When I have to give back my gold medal I’ll give it back, it’s not a problem to me.”
Carter’s was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the IOC last year - and was found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
The 31-year-old ran the first leg in Beijing for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team, which also included Michael Grater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.
He was tested on the evening of the final but that was found at the time to contain no “adverse analytical finding”. However science has since caught up with many of the cheats.