Bolt loses Olympic gold medal as teammate fails doping re-test
Carter, Bolt and Jamaican teammates Asafa Powell and Michael Frater won the men’s 4×100-meter relay in Beijing, the first of three consecutive “triple-triple” performances for Bolt. He captured gold in that race, as well as the 100 meters and 200 meters individual races in three consecutive Olympics.
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Of course, cheating is cheating, but perhaps the bigger question the IOC must answer here is whether we are facing an unwinnable battle, as doping only becomes more and more sophisticated over time.
Does a statute of limitations have to be put in place for such disqualifications? How about instead of statute of limitations of 10 years, how about shortening it to within a year of competition or at least by the subsequent Olympics?
According to the Associated Press, methylhexaneamine was not specifically listed as a prohibited substance in 2008, but the IOC statement concluded that it “fell within the scope of the general prohibition of stimulants having a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect as the listed stimulants.”
Carter, one of 31 athletes from the Beijing games whose previously stored samples reportedly tested positive, also earned a gold medal as Bolt’s teammate in the 4x100m race in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Powell also received an 18-month doping ban — later reduced to six months — for testing positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine in 2013.
The aforementioned line about Jeter at the top was a joke, obviously, but performance-enhancing drugs clearly remain among the most divisive topics in voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Suspected PED users — albeit never proven to have done so — stars such as Mike Piazza and Pudge Rodriguez have gained enshrinement in the past two voting cycles, while Clemens and Barry Bonds gained enough traction this year to each finish above 50% apiece in the balloting for the first time.
Of course, we will never know how many premier athletes have gotten away with doping or PED usage across the sporting landscape.
But the lost medal sadly will cost Bolt a share of the record for most Olympics golds won in track and field; American sprinter and long-jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi also took home nine.
Unless he decides to run one more time in 2020 in Tokyo.
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