Usain Bolt Could Lose One of His Gold Medals

2008 teammate allegedly tested positive for banned substance
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2016 12:52 PM CDT
Usain Bolt Could Lose One of His Gold Medals
Jamaica's men's 4x100 meters relay team, from left, Michael Fraser, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Asafa Powell show their gold medals during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Usain Bolt could lose one of his three gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics thanks to another member of Jamaica's 400-meter relay team from that year. Amid a crackdown during which Olympic officials have been re-testing samples from the past two Summer Games with new technology, Jamaican team member Nesta Carter was discovered to have a banned stimulant in his system during the Beijing games, two sources tell Reuters. There's no official word, but as the Los Angeles Times notes, "There is precedent for stripping medals from an entire squad when one member is caught cheating," including the 2012 US men's 400-meter relay team. However, Reuters only has word so far that Carter's "A" sample was allegedly tainted; he would only face sanctions if his "B" sample also tests positive. (More Usain Bolt stories.)

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