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Thursday, 26 Jan 2017 14:57 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Usain Bolt's golden Olympic record was diminished yesterday after Jamaican compatriot Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance. Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008. Bolt, 30, completed an unprecedented 'triple' in Rio last summer. He won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012. All four members of the team, Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Carter, a bronze medalist at the 2013 World Championships lose their titles.
Carter's was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. He was tested on the evening of the Beijing final in 2008 but that was found at the time to contain no "adverse analytical finding". More than 4,500 tests were carried out at those Games, with nine athletes caught cheating. An anomaly was discovered in Carter's submission following the IOC's decision to retest 454 samples from Beijing using the latest scientific analysis methods.
The Jamaican National Olympic Committee and Carter were told of the adverse finding in May before the Rio Games and told his B sample would be tested. 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. He ran the first leg for Jamaica's 4x100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.
The sixth fastest 100m runner in history, Carter has not run competitively since news of the failed test first emerged in June 2016. The Sprinter through his lawyer has confirmed that he will lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.