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Tuesday 22, Aug 2017

  Justin Gatlin Issues First Public Apology Over Doping Past

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Justin Gatlin, the controversial 100 meter world champion, has made his first public apology about the furore caused by his doping bans.

The American sprinter said the booing he received at the recently-concluded London championships hurt but it helped motivate him to beat Usain Bolt. Gatlin has received criticism for reportedly not showing remorse for his actions associated with this two drug bans. In 2001, Gatlin was first banned for taking a banned supplement for Attention Deficit Disorder that he had been using since childhood. The sprinter received an early reinstatement by the world governing body of athletics the following year. In 2006, the sprinter was banned again after he tested positive for the steroid Testosterone. It was claimed by Gatlin that this was as a result of sabotage by a disaffected member of his team.

Gatlin disclosed he wrote a letter of apology to the International Association of Athletics Federations years ago and has no issues if a public apology was required. The sprinter said the letter he wrote, which came out in 2015, it was suppressed for almost six years and he is not sure who or why they suppressed it but he did apologized. Gatlin also remarked he started a program where he went and talked to kids and told them about the pitfalls of falling behind the wrong people, staying on the path, and doing the right things.  The sprinter said he apologize for any wrongdoings or any black eyes that he brought onto the sport. Gatlin also remarked he loves the sport and that is why he had made a return and try to run to the best of his ability and for that he had worked hard to right his wrongs.

Gatlin said he was hurt by the jeering and booing from the crowd in London when he was presented with a gold medal for the 100m World Championships. The American sprinter said it did hurt because he is not there for himself, he is up there for his country, he is up there for his supporters, and added he didn’t do it for himself. Gatlin said he was there for people back at home watching who were not able to come and commented that maybe the boos were for him but standing on the podium was for the people who have loved him and his country that he loves.

Gatlin remarked he had to overcome his concern about what people thought about him before he came back to running. The 100 meter world champion also said he wanted people to respect him, to love him, to know that he is a hard worker like anybody else. Gatlin also said he felt like sometimes that fell on deaf ears, and it took away from his focus of being a runner because he was so consumed by what people would think about him and judging him, that he really had to just dial-in and just focus on being a runner and let the natural talent do all the talking.

Gatlin is next due to compete at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

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Saturday 28, Jan 2017

  Carter Doping Case A Blight On Country’s Athletics, Says JOA President

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Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell has remarked the failed doping test of sprinter Nesta Carter is a stain on the proud athletics heritage of the country.

The International Olympic Committee recently announced that a reanalysis of a sample provided at the Beijing Olympics by Carter contained the banned substance Methylhexaneamine. The 4×100 meter relay team of Jamaica, which included legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell besides Nesta Carter, had their gold medals stripped. The haul of Bolt, the fastest man in the world, was reduced from nine Olympic medals to eight.

Fennell added this is extremely unfortunate and added it is obviously not something that we would want to happen, but we have to face it and face the issues clearly and deal with them. The JOA President added there is no question that when you have a situation like this and the high-profile position of a relay team that won a gold medal and some of the people who are superstars on that team then obviously, it will reflect very badly on us.

Fennell re-emphasized that the Jamaica Olympic Association takes a strong stance on anti-doping and added he does not want the indiscretions of one athlete to undermine efforts of the organization. The JOA chief also said we do feel it is very important for us because as a country, our sports leaders and everybody are very strong about anti-doping matters and the fight against doping in sport. Fennell added that we at the same time are equally strong that we must protect the rights of the athletes, particularly those who are innocent and have not contravened the spirit of the rules.

Fennell, who previously served as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said Carter would be appealing against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Fennell said that Carter, Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, and Dwight Thomas have been asked to return medals following the ruling of the International Olympic Committee. Fennell remarked he can confirm that letters have been dispatched to the five members of the gold medal-winning team from the Beijing Games in 2008 requesting the return of the medals as directed by the International Olympic Committee.

The 30-year-old Bolt completed a ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer. Bolt won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012. The 31-year-old Carter was also a part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and he assisted the country win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Carter ran the first leg in Beijing for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team that also included Bolt, Frater, Powell and Thomas, who ran in the heats. Carter secured an individual 100m World Championship bronze medal in Moscow, behind Justin Gatlin and teammate Usain Bolt. He became only the fifth sprinter in August 2010 to run the 100 meters in less than 9.8 seconds.

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Monday 13, Jun 2016

  Doping Violation Shock For Bolt Teammate

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Jamaican athlete Nesta Carter, who helped the 4×100 team to Olympic and World Championship titles, has tested positive for a banned stimulant in a retest of 454 samples from the Beijing Games.

The athlete’s ‘B’ sample is also said to have detected Methylhexanamine, the banned substance. The substance has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list since 2004 although it was reclassified on the 2011 list as a “specified substance”. It was reclassified on the 2011 list as a “specified substance”, meaning one that is more susceptible to a “credible, non-doping explanation. Methylhexanamine, which has been used more recently as an ingredient in dietary supplements, used to be sold as a nasal decongestant in the United States until 1983. The sanction for its use has been a suspension of six months to a year and the loss of results from the period concerned.

Carter, the first-leg specialist in Jamaica’s dominant squad, assisted in winning gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2011, 2013, and 2015 world championships. Carter ran the opening leg of the relay event in which the team – also featuring Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, and Asafa Powell – clocked a then world-record time of 37.10 to take the 2008 title. Carter, the sixth fastest man of all time over 100m, has declined to make any comments till now.

Carter’s teammate Usain Bolt meanwhile said he would have no problem giving back one of his six Olympic gold medals if Carter is confirmed to have failed a drugs test. Bolt added it is heartbreaking to learn about the positive test because we have worked hard over the years to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion. Bolt further said it will not be a problem for him if he needs to give back his gold medal.

The entire Jamaican relay team could be stripped of medals if one member is disqualified. If stripped of the gold medal, the dream of Bolt to match Carl Lewis’s nine Olympic gold medals as three in Rio would then still leave him one short.

Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, Usain Bolt recently recorded the second fastest time of the year in winning a 100m race in Jamaica. He ran 9.88 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston. Bolt caught fellow Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell by 60m after a poor start before easing over the line. The 100m world record holder added he was “in good nick” ahead of Jamaica’s Olympic trials which start on 30 June.

Behind 9.58-second world record holder Bolt, every other man to run under 9.79 seconds has served a ban for drugs at some point in their career with Tyson Gay (9.69 seconds), Yohan Blake (9.69 seconds), Asafa Powell (9.72 seconds), and Justin Gatlin (9.74 seconds) all falling prey to anti-doping regulations. Carter, 30, is the sixth fastest 100m sprinter of all time with a personal best 9.78 seconds set in 2010. The Jamaican athlete has broken the 10-second barrier over 100m for every one of the past eight seasons and had his eyes set to represent Jamaica at this summer’s Rio Games.

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Sunday 05, Jun 2016

  Jamaican Sprinter Fails 2008 Doping Retest

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Jamaican Olympic sprint relay gold medalist Nesta Carter has returned an anti-doping violation for Methylhexanamine, a banned stimulant.

The positive test was announced after the re-testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games. According to media reports, traces of Methylhexanamine were discovered in the ‘A’ sample of Carter. The sample was part of a batch of 454 from the 2008 Games that was ordered to be retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Jamaican, who won gold in the 4×100 meters relay with Jamaican team mates Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, and Michael Frater in Beijing, could face sanctions only if his “B” sample also tests positive for the substance.  Carter’s ‘B’ sample test is due to be reanalyzed in Lausanne, Switzerland, later this month.

Carter had won individual 100m bronze at the 2013 World Championships and has been an important member of the all-conquering Jamaican 4x100m team led by Bolt with a 100m personal best of 9.78sec set in 2010.

Bolt, the fastest man on the earth, could now be stripped of one of his six Olympic titles after Carter was reported as among those to fail a drugs test in the reanalysis of urine and blood samples from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Carter, the sixth fastest 100m runner of all time, ran the opening leg eight years ago at the Olympic final when Jamaica stormed to victory in a world-record 37.10sec, which helped Bolt to a clean sweep of sprint titles as the Jamaican star burst onto the global stage at his first Games.

Mike Fennell, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association, refused to deny or confirm the news. Carter and his agent declined to make comments. Methylhexanamine has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code prohibited list since 2004 and the substance was reclassified on the 2011 list as a “specified substance” that covers specified substances as those that are more susceptible to a “credible, non-doping explanation”. Methylhexanamine is commonly used as an ingredient in dietary supplements and was sold as a nasal decongestant in the United States until 1983.

The Jamaican Olympic Association has confirmed it has received a notice that an athlete from its 2008 team tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The JOA would not release the name of the athlete, citing confidentiality rules.

IOC recently decided that any doping cases arising from the re-tests will be dealt with directly by them. Usually, such cases are handled by the relevant national federations and national anti-doping agencies. Last week, IOC president Thomas Bach said we want to keep dopers away from the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro and this is why we are acting swiftly now. Bach, while announcing the re-testing of 265 samples from the London Olympics, said he had already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all decisions on behalf of the IOC.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said what we want to do, and are trying to do, is target athletes who have positive results and stop them from competing in Rio.

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Tuesday 21, Jan 2014

  Powell Claims Innocence Before Doping Commission

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Powell Claims Innocence Before Doping Commission

Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell told a Jamaican disciplinary panel that he didn’t disclosed to a doping control officer about most of the supplements he was taking as the products were new to him and he could not recall their names.

The 31-year-old sprinter made this comment while testifying before a three-member Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) panel. Powell, who lowered the 100m world record to 9.74 seconds in 2008, and his attorneys, will try to explain why the sprinter tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. Powell blamed his newly-hired physiotherapist Canadian Christopher Xuereb who provided them with supplement regimes. Powell’s former teammate Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, also tested positive for the same stimulant at the Jamaican national trials in June.

Powell and Simpson are among five Jamaican athletes who failed drugs tests at the national championships besides Discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle and high-jumper Demar Robinson. Powell was the last man to hold the individual 100m world record before his record was broken by compatriot Usain Bolt in 2008. Asafa Powell later helped Jamaica in winning the 4x100m relay gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Powell testified that he received nine supplements from Xuereb, including Ephiphany D1, which laboratory tests later found to contain Oxilofrine. Powell remarked he started using Epiphany and other new supplements after he and a friend researched them extensively online and found no prohibited substances. He also said he also had the go-ahead from agent Paul Doyle, who Powell testified had recommended Christopher Xuereb. Agent Doyle has said Powell was referred to Xuereb through other physiotherapists who Doyle’s clients had worked with in the past.

Powell also testified that he quickly became good friends with Xuereb and remarked he trusted Xuereb so much that he invited him to live in his home. Powell said he took four Epiphany D1 capsules at the suggestion of Xuereb and did not tell the doping officer about all the new supplements, only listing three on his declaration form. Powell said he was too excited and couldn’t remember their names while filling the declaration form. Powell was accused by JADCO attorney Lackston Robinson Of being Significantly negligent after hearing the excuse offered by Powell that the thrill of attending the trials caused him to forget many of the supplements’ names.

Meanwhile, Xuereb has claimed that he didn’t provided any performance enhancing drugs to Powell and Simpson and only purchased major brand vitamins. In July last year, Xuereb said both athletes are clearly looking for a scapegoat and aid Powell was taking a supplement that he did not tell him about.

In another development, Sherone Simpson, the Jamaican sprinter who won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at London 2012, has put the blame on a contaminated supplement she believed was clean for her positive test for the stimulant Oxilofrine. Simpson, speaking on the opening day of a hearing into her case by a disciplinary panel of Jamaica’s anti-doping commission (JADCO) in Kingston, said she had spent several hours researching the supplement Epiphany D1, which she said was given to her by her trainer, Chris Xuereb.

The hearing of Powell’s case was adjourned until February 12.

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Friday 03, Jan 2014

  Powell Doping Case Needs To Speed Up

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Sir Craig Reedie, the new president of World Anti-Doping Association, has urged the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission for a speedy resolution in the case of Asafa Powell, the former 100 meters world-record holder.

In June last year, Powell tested positive for the banned substance Oxilofrine at the Jamaican national trials but it is not expected to face a disciplinary hearing before this month. Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist and a member of Powell’s training group, also tested positive for the same drug.

Powell, the Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters, held the 100 m world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively. The 30-year-old Powell insisted he had done nothing wrong and remarked he had never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules. He added the positive doping test has left him completely devastated and he is reeling from this genuinely surprising result. Powell also remarked his fault is not cheating but instead not being more vigilant and said he wanted to reiterate that in his entire career as an athlete he had never sought to enhance his performance with any substance, and said it is not a part of who he is or what he believes in.

Reedie remarked Jamaica has taken too long for dealing with the Asafa Powell doping case. Reedie, who is also an International Olympic Committee Vice-President, took over as WADA President on January 1, 2014 and said there are a few cases ongoing in Jamaica, one of them a very high-profile one, and one of the issues is that it is taking too long to come to a conclusion. Reedie added he has been under a cloud and if he has broken the rules then sport wants the case finalized, if he hasn’t then he wants the cloud lifted.

A few weeks back, Reedie met new JADCO chief executive Carey Brown in Montreal and said he believes Jamaica is improving its testing regime after disclosures that only one out-of-competition test was conducted in the six months leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The WADA President added the World Anti-Doping Agency has been asked to go to Jamaica and help them with their structure and the sports minister has announced extra money for testing so one hopes they have got the message. He went on to add that the island country relied heavily in the past on the International Association of Athletics Federations, especially for out-of-competition tests. Sir Craig Reedie also believes that the clouds of suspicion should not be directed at current 100m world record-holder Usain Bolt or any Jamaican sprinter just because others have tested positive.

The WADA chief added people have to understand that Jamaica is not a test-free zone but they probably have relied too often on the IAAF’s (International Athletics Federation) efforts and added he knows from the IAAF figures that he [Bolt] has been tested very regularly throughout 2013 and before. Reedie also said all of the top Jamaican athletes have been tested regularly by the international federation.

In 2013, high jumper Demar Robinson, discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle were under investigation for failed tests but none of them have received a disciplinary hearing or the final verdict.

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Wednesday 23, Oct 2013

  Bolt Could Face Olympic Ban

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According to Daily Telegraph, Jamaica’s athletes, including sprint star Usain Bolt, may be banned from major events such as the Olympics because of the island’s handling of recent drug scandals.

In an interview with Daily Telegraph, World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey accused the island country of “farcical” behavior in its efforts for deferring an extraordinary audit of its anti-doping program until next year. This followed an invitation to the anti-doping agency by the Prime Minister of Jamaica for investigating revelations from the former executive director of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), Renee Anne Shirley, that Jamaica conducted no drug tests in the five months leading up to London Olympics. To add salt to the wounds, anti-doping chiefs were infuriated by the suggestion of JADCO that they would talk to the World Anti-Doping Agency next year.

David Howman, director general at WADA, was all set to lead an audit of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission over allegations that JADCO conducted no drug tests in the months leading up to the 2012 Olympics. Fahey was “infuriated” as JADCO would have plenty of time to cover up whatever they need to cover up by avoiding an investigation until 2014. Fahey remarked the current position is unacceptable to WADA and we’re not going to take it lying down, their suggestion that they’ll talk to us next year. The WADA chief added that to suggest to WADA they’re not ready to meet with us to talk about their problem until sometime next year is unsatisfactory, it’s totally unacceptable to me and we shall act appropriately within an appropriate time frame. When asked if Jamaica would be declared ‘non-compliant’, Fahey said that there are a number of options. The WADA chief added one can read into that exactly what those words are likely to mean but he doesn’t want to flag it up.

If Jamaica is deemed to be non-compliant with the WADA code, athletes of the country could be banned from major competitions until the situation is resolved and the list of banned athletes may include Usain Bolt. Bolt has never even been linked to performance enhancing drugs. Fahey warned JADCO that it must fix up to meet international standards or see their athletes banned from the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This would mean the exclusion of the likes of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Yohan Blake from Rio 2016 and the ban would also include the 2015 Beijing IAAF World Championships.

In the last few months, some of the most reputed athletes from Jamaica have been accused of using banned drugs. Drug tests were failed by former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell, twice 200 meters Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, and London Games 4×100 relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson.

The international media is guilty of ‘sensationalizing’ the issue of doping in the country, said Glen Mills, who coaches Bolt and former world champion Yohan Blake. Mills added they target Jamaica because of its success and there is no doubt about it. He added nobody wants to see Jamaica continue its dominance of sprinting at the world level and added one has to question the balance of their reporting. The coach went on to add that he had read some terrible articles written about Jamaica and read some terrible articles trying to insinuate that Usain Bolt’s success is false because of all of this. Glen Mills also remarked that we have had some adverse analytical findings for stimulants and those other things, but there are so many cases of steroid use in other countries in the past couple of months, yet there is no sensationalizing around those countries or athletes.

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Wednesday 25, Sep 2013

  Suspension Of Jamaica Would Be Sad, Says Usain Bolt

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Suspension Of Jamaica Would Be Sad, Says Usain Bolt

Jamaican star sprinter Usain Bolt has admitted that it would be nothing short of a disaster if Jamaica is banned from competing at the Rio Olympics due to the doping scandal that has rocked the country. This year, five athletes from the country including Asafa Powell tested positive for banned performance enhancing drugs.

Recently, Jamaican authorities were warned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after a former senior official within the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission revealed that drug testing in Jamaica is lax. WADA remarked the country may face expulsion from major competitions like the Olympics if such issues are not addressed effectively and quickly. If WADA takes the decision to ban Jamaica for the Rio Olympics, Bolt would be denied a chance of creating history by winning three straight Olympic golds over 100 meters.

Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter widely regarded as the fastest person ever, is the first man to hold both the world records in 100 and 200 meters, since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. After WADA’s statement, Bolt remarked it would be really sad for him and the sport.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has stepped in to dilute concerns about Jamaica getting out due to possible WADA ban. The Jamaican PM wrote to WADA that testing would remain a priority. Bolt immediately applauded the letter to WADA and said he fully welcomes anything that helps Jamaica to prove to the world that we are clean and that we are the best. Bolt went on to add that the Jamaica’s Prime Minister has remarked she is going to implement these things to make the sport better so it’s a joy for me. The ace sprinter also remarked that Jamaicans are really pushing the limits and really run fast and he thinks some of the times when there are drug problems a lot of people didn’t do it on purpose but as an athlete you have to be aware and you have to take responsibility for these situations. The sprinter also said there are a lot of cases going on now and we will see what comes out of them, we will see if it was done on purpose or not.

Bolt also remarked that he would probably only run the 200m if he decides to compete at next year’s Commonwealth Games. He added that he would discuss Glasgow participation with his coach Glen Mills and remarked he never goes against his coach. Usain Bolt also remarked that he aims to complete the ‘treble treble’ by winning all three disciplines at the 2016 Games in Rio to have his name in stone with many other athletes and greats like Michael Jordon and Mohammed Ali in different sports.

Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and an eight-time World champion. He has been conferred with many awards, including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year (three times).

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Friday 12, Jul 2013

  I Am Clean, Says Usain Bolt

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I Am Clean, Says Usain Bolt

Olympic sprinter @Usain Bolt insists he is ‘clean’ after he was asked about doping before the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

The Jamaican runner was posed the question at a time when athletes from his country have come under increased scrutiny after Veroncia Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic at a meeting in May. The double Olympic champion may become the twelfth Jamaican to be banned in the last five years.

Bolt said in Paris that he is clean and sure about it. He welcomed people to test him every day if required to prove it to the world and said he has no problems with that. Meanwhile, Usain Bolt supported calls made by his coach, Glen Mills, for an accredited laboratory to be set up in Jamaica. Bolt’s coach believes supplements can be tested in lab and this would be helpful to prevent the innocent being caught out by poorly labeled medicine and vitamins.

Nicknamed “Lightning Bolt”, his achievements in sprinting have earned him awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year thrice. Bolt is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field and has been called the world’s most marketable athlete and the greatest athlete ever.

Usain Bolt, performing for Jamaica in his first Caribbean regional event, clocked a personal best of 48.28 s in the 400 metres in the 2001 CARIFTA Games, winning a silver medal and thereafter he made his first appearance on the world stage at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Usain Bolt is one of only eight athletes, (along with Valerie Adams, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. Bolt, the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977, said everybody makes their own decisions as far as doping is concerned and he cannot speak for anybody else. He remarked that he gets tested regularly in Jamaica so maybe it would work out easier for them to get the samples if there was a laboratory in the country. The first to achieve a “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012), Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting and a five-time World champion.

Meanwhile, American Tyson Gay has again thrown down the gauntlet to Bolt by finishing the 100m in 9.79 seconds, ahead of the Jamaican Asafa Powell and his American compatriot Michael Rodgers at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. A world champion in 2007 and the second-fastest 100m runner of all time behind Bolt, the 30-year-old American had overcome Powell in five of their previous six encounters. Powell finished second in 9.88 and Rodgers was third in 9.96.

The Athletissima meeting was attended by the IOC president, Jacques Rogge, and some of the 89 IOC members who had voted to award the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Buenos Aires, ahead of Medellín in Colombia and Glasgow.

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Monday 13, Aug 2012

  Bolt ‘Loses All Respect’ For Carl Lewis

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After basking in his historic Olympic sprinting double, @Usain Bolt took a momentary break to fiercely criticize former US athlete Carl Lewis.

Bolt said Lewis had “lost all respect” in his eyes after the former athletic great said the doping controls of Jamaica were not as strong compared to other countries. In recent years, Lewis has said drug testing procedures in Jamaica might need to be tightened though he did not make any direct accusation. Bolt lashed out at nine-time gold-medal winner after being asked if he did like to be compared with Lewis or the great Jesse Owens. Bolt remarked he does not have respect for Carl Lewis and added that it is really downgrading for track athletes to make accusations against others athletes and Lewis did this all only to gather attention as no body really talks about him.


Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt

Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt


Lewis while talking to Sports Illustrated said that countries such as Jamaica don’t have a random testing program and this means that athletes can go on for months without being tested. He added that his statement is not meant to accuse any one of anything, but every athlete should be on a level-playing field.

Widely regarded as the fastest man ever, Usain St. Leo Bolt is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records. Bolt is the reigning Olympic champion in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 x 100 meters relay and also the first man ever to achieve the distinction of the “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 & 2012). The achievements of Usain Bolt in sprinting have earned him the media nickname “Lightning Bolt” and he is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field.

‘I have no respect for Carl Lewis’: Usain Bolt – NewsX – YouTube Video

Bolt, under the guidance of coach Fitz Coleman became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in under twenty seconds to take the world junior record outright with a time of 19.93 s. On May 31, 2008 Bolt established a new 100 m world record after registering a time of 9.72 s at the Reebok Grand Prix held in the Icahn Stadium in New York City and broke the record of compatriot Asafa Powell. After his return to Jamaica from Golden League final in Brussels (2008 athletics season), Bolt was selected as the IAAF Male Athlete of the year and won a Special Olympic Award for his performances and was selected in 2009 as the IAAF World Athlete of the Year for the second year running. He came second to Yohan Blake at the Jamaican trials in both 100 m and 200 m but won the Olympics 100 meters gold medal with a time of 9.63 seconds to set a new Olympic record for that distance and defending his gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

It is ironical to learn that a man himself accused of failing drug tests is accusing others of wrongdoings. The United States Olympic Committee’s director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, Dr. Wade Exum, gave copies of documents that revealed that 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were allowed to compete and Carl Lewis was one of them. The document copies revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. Lewis didn’t deny the test results and said he was treated the same as other athletes from the United States in similar positions.


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