Bolt loses 2008 relay gold after Carter's positive test

Nesta Carter is considering going to Court of Arbitration of Sport to file an appeal

While the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) this morning is expecting to start receiving from team members the men's 4x100m relay gold medals won at the 2008 Olympic Games, Nesta Carter's legal team is yet to determine whether there is a strong enough basis for an appeal on his disqualification from the Games.

His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) past year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Last June, when reports of Carter's positive test first broke, Bolt was largely philosophical about the prospect of returning one of his gold medals but admitted that to do so would be hard.

Tobago and Trinidad are chose to be promoted to gold, with Japan gripping up to silver and Brazil acquiring bronze in the 4x100m relay in Beijing Olympic 2008. Carter tested positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.

"It's heartbreaking because over the years you've worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion - but it's just one of those things", he said.

"Things happen in life, if it's confirmed or whatever and I need to give back my gold medal it's not a problem to me".

A reallocation of medals is subject to any further results from the International Olympic Committee anti-doping retesting program.

"The IAAF will also retest any samples it holds in storage for the athlete from other competitions".

Carter raced in Jamaica's heat and the final as they broke the world record en route to gold in China.

Bolt's agent Ricky Simms and Carter's agent Adrian Laidlaw declined to comment.

Carter, the sixth fastest 100m runner of all time, helped Jamaica set a then-world-record time of 37.10sec in Beijing, as Bolt won the first of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m treble.

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