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The world reacts with shock

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2017 | 1:55 AMAndre Lowe
Photographers take pictures as (from left) Usian Bolt, Nesta Carter and Asafa Powell dance moments after they set a new world record to win gold in the men's 4x100 metres relay at Beijing 2008 Olympics.

SOME OF the world’s top track and field writers are expressing shock at the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to disqualify Nesta Carter and the Jamaica 4x100m relay team from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The news dominated the athletics world yesterday.

The consensus, however, is that the latest development will not affect the legacy of sprinter Usain Bolt, who ran the third leg on the gold medalwinning team, which was completed by Asafa Powell and Michael Frater.

Like his teammates, Bolt will have to return his gold medal under instructions from the IOC, bringing his Olympic tally down to eight gold medals and removing his welldocumented ‘Triple Treble’ accomplishment, which he secured at the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“We all know that there have been issues with Jamaica’s out-of-competition drug testing. So, obviously, Nesta Carter’s positive will not help Jamaica’s reputation in that area. On the other hand, it was eight and a half years ago, so perhaps Jamaica officials can tell us that they have improved doping-control measures,” Sports Illustrated’s Tim Laden told The Gleaner yesterday.

“As far as Usain Bolt, I don’t think this will affect his legacy in any significant way. Anyone who saw those races in Beijing understands the level of Bolt’s dominance. It was the greatest Olympic performance by any sprinter. Jamaica won the 4x100m relay by almost a full second (37.10 to 38.06) over T&T (Trinidad and Tobago), which is a huge margin. They would have won even if Nesta Carter had been replaced. The sad part is that Bolt can no longer be called a triple-triple gold medalist. That is a fact, unfortunately,” Laden added.