The ignominious list of the fastest men in the world to fail drugs tests
grew bigger on Wednesday when Usain Bolt lost his claim to the title of
‘triple-triple’ Olympic champion after a Jamaican 4x100m team-mate
retrospectively tested positive for a banned substance and caused the
2008 Beijing gold medal winners to be stripped of their title.
Bolt, the world’s greatest track-and-field star, is now the only one of
six sub-9.79sec 100m runners not to have committed a doping violation,
with double Olympic champion Nesta Carter caught out in the reanalysis
of urine and blood samples from the Beijing Games. But because his team
mate tested positive for a banned substance, he has now been stripped of
his 2008 Beijing gold medal title.