Usain Bolt to lose Olympic medal after teammate fails doping retest

Nesta Carter, centre left, has tested positive for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. Getty Images

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will lose one of his nine Olympic gold medals after teammate Nesta Carter has tested positive for doping.

Carter, 31, and Bolt, 30, were part of the Jamaican team that won the 4 x 100m relay race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Carter was tested before the event in Beijing but his sample was found to contain “no adverse finding”.

Last year, 454 samples, one of which was Carter’s, were selected for retesting by the International Olympic Committee. Using the latest scientific analysis methods, it was found to contain methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant that is sometimes used as an ingredient in dietary supplements.

In June, after the finding was reported by Reuters, Bolt said the prospect of having to return the medal was “heartbreaking”.

The team won the race in Beijing with a then-world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, who could now receive gold and silver. Brazil would receive bronze.