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Usain Bolt Stripped of Historic Gold Medal For Doping Case

Usain Bolt has been stripped of his relay gold medal from the 2008 Olympics in the doping case of relay teammate Nesta Carter. 
  Michael Frater (l), Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Asafa Powell (r) receive their relay gold medals at Beijing

It means the sprinter has lost his historic 'triple triple' medal haul.

The decision came after Carter was found to have tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned substance.

He was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008 and Bolt was a teammate along with Michael Frater and Asafa Powell.

Carter's was one of 454 selected doping samples re-tested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year.

The relay title in Beijing completed the first of Bolt's three gold medal sweeps in the 100, 200 and relay at three straight Olympics.

Trinidad and Tobago is in line to get the gold medal from 2008, Japan could be upgraded to silver, and fourth-place finisher Brazil could get the bronze medal.

The IOC's ruling states that Carter noted he was taking supplements in 2008 "advised in this respect by his coach, Mr. Stephen Francis."

The verdict added: "The athlete explained that he had given several samples for doping controls whilst he was taking Cell Tech and Nitro Tech before the 2008 Olympic Games and he had never tested positive for a prohibited substance.

"He therefore did not believe that these supplements could contain prohibited substances. He did not understand how methylhexaneamine could have been found in 2016."

Carter can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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