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Would be ‘heartbreaking’ to return 2008 Beijing gold medal: Bolt

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt on Monday said the possibility of losing a gold medal is ‘heartbreaking’, as his 4 X 100 metres relay team-mate Nesta Carter is said to have tested positive for a banned substance during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Carter, who helped the Jamaican relay team to Olympic and World Championship titles, is said to have tested positive for the banned stimulant ‘methylhexanamine’ during re-testing where 454 samples from the Beijing Games were used.

“I’m not too pleased about the situation. For years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and you work hard to be a champion, so it’s heartbreaking, but it’s one of those things,” Bolt said on Sunday.

“If I have to give back my gold medal, I’ll have to give it back,” said the current World and Olympic champion.

The 29-year-old spoke after he notched the 9.88 seconds mark which is the second fastest time in 100 meters in 2016.

Carter who yet has to comment on the issue was the first athlete to run for his country in Beijing followed by Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt with the quarter recording a world-record timing of 37.10 seconds.

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