Usain Bolt says his legacy has not been tarnished
by having to hand back one of his nine Olympic
gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta
Carter tested positive for a banned substance.
The 30-year-old also says he does not have a
problem with Carter, who was part of the
Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing
“It’s rough that I have to give back one of my
medals,” he told Reuters.
“I’m not happy, but it’s just one of those things
that happen in life.”
Bolt completed a ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer,
winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m
relay to add to his successes in the same events
in 2008 and 2012.
“I think I’ve still accomplished a lot – it hasn’t
changed what I have done throughout my
career,” said the 100m and 200m world record-
holder. “I have worked hard and pushed and done
things that no-one has done before.”
Carter, 31, was also part of the squad that won
the event in London five years ago and helped
Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011,
2013 and 2015.
A retest of his sample from the 2008 Games was
found to contain a banned stimulant.
He ran the first leg in Beijing for Jamaica’s sprint
relay team, which also included Bolt, Michael
Frater, Asafa Powell and Dwight Thomas, who ran
in the heats.
“I’m not going to despise anybody for anything,”
Bolt told The Gleaner.