Kingston - Jamaican
sprint superstar Usain Bolt insisted on Thursday that the loss of one of
his nine Olympic gold medals because of the doping sanction of relay
team-mate Nesta Carter won't tarnish his legacy.
"I am disappointed based on losing a medal, but it won't take away
from what I have done throughout my career, because I have won my
individual events and that's the key thing," Bolt said while attending
the opening of a high school gym in Santa Cruz, Jamaica.
Bolt said he had already handed back the 4x100m relay gold from the
2008 Beijing Games, which the International Olympic Committee officially
withdrew from Jamaica this week because of Carter's positive drug test.
"I am not fully happy about the situation but rules are rules," Bolt
said, noting that Carter and Jamaica's athletics authorities are
planning to appeal the sanction.
"We have to sit and see how that works out," he said.
Bolt, Carter, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater were on the Jamaican
relay squad that was disqualified after Carter tested positive for the
banned substance methylhexaneamine in a re-test of Beijing samples.
All of them surrendered their medals on Friday.
The loss of the relay gold deprives Bolt of one of his "triple
triples" - he won gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m at Beijing and
repeated the unprecedented feat in London in 2012 and again in Rio last
While conceding that the term “triple-triple” had "a nice ring to it" Bolt said he was looking forward.
"What can you do?" he said. "I've done all I wanted in the sport, I
have really impacted the sport, I've really accomplished a lot so for
me, I can't complain," he added.
He emphasized that his priority was to avoid distractions in order to train properly in the coming months.
"This is my last season and I want to go out on a winning note," said
Bolt, who is heading for engagements in Australia next week said his
immediate plans center on "just training" for competition.
Bolt, who is reportedly willing to contribute to funding of Carter's
appeal, said he had not yet spoken to Carter since news of the lost gold
medal, but stressed that there was "no bad blood" between them.
"I know it must be very hard, must be rough on him, I know how social
media can be and I know how Jamaica is. So hopefully there is some love
(being shown towards Carter).
"It's rough, things happen in life for reasons no one knows," he said. "I hope he doesn’t take it to heart."