The IOC sanctioned two athletes for failing an anti-doping test at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but the effects of those sanctions also were felt by the Games' biggest star, as sprinter Usain Bolt now will be forced to return his relay gold medal after his teammate, Nesta Carter, failed a drug test.
Bolt's career medal haul has now been reduced from nine to eight.
Carter, 31, competed in the men’s 4x100m relay event (round 1 and final) for Jamaica, where he and his teammates were awarded the gold medal.
Re-analysis of Carter’s samples from Beijing resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.
As a result, the Jamaican team has been disqualified from the men’s 4x100m relay event. The corresponding medals, medallist pins, and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned to the IOC.
In addition to Carter, the IOC also busted Tatiana Lebedeva, 40, of Russia, who competed in the women’s triple jump and the women’s long jump, winning two silver medals.
Re-analysis of Lebedeva’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).
As a result, Lebedeva has been disqualified from the 2008 Olympic Games, and must return her silver medals, diplomas, and medallist pins to the IOC.
The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services