The triple-triple is no more.
Last summer Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt became the first person ever to win the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4×100 meter relay gold medals at three consecutive Olympic games — 2008 in Beijing, 2012 in London and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games.
He will have to give one of those medals back, however, as reexamination of drug tests showed 2008 relay teammate Nesta Carter used the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. Carter’s was one of 454 samples selected to be retested by the International Olympic Committee.
Bolt, 30, will retain the other eight gold medals.
The gold medal for the 2008 4×100 relay will now be awarded to Trinidad and Tobago, with Japan now getting the silver and Brazil the bronze.
Bolt has said that he will retire from international competition following the 2017 World Championships in London in August, and will not return for another Olympic games. No word yet whether this decision will prompt him to make a comeback in 2020 in an effort to restore that triple-triple.