Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man alive, has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican relay teammate Nesta Carter was stripped of his 2008 medal for doping.
“The Jamaican team is disqualified from the men’s 4x100m relay event,” the International Olympic Committee wrote in a statement. “The corresponding medals, medalist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.”
Carter was part of the Jamaican relay team that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008. His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year. It has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
Methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and numerous athletes in various sports have been disqualified for its use. Initially marketed as a nasal decongestant, it was removed from shelves in 1983.
Bolt still holds gold medals from the 2008 Beijing games for the 100 metre and 200 metre individual events.