Usain Bolt and Jamaica’s loss is Trinidad and Tobago’s — and the SEC’s — gain.
Bolt, one of the greatest track and field Olympians of all time, was stripped of one of his 2008 gold medals Wednesday when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Bolt’s 4×100 meter relay teammate, Nesta Carter, tested positive for a banned substance.
While Bolt is clean and never failed any drug tests, he and his Jamaican teammates from the race all still lose their medals.
That also means that the second-through-fourth-place teams all move up a spot on the podium, which in this case means Trinidad and Tobago are the new gold medalists in the event, eight-plus years later. Among the members of those teams are former SEC speedsters Richard Thompson and Aaron Armstrong.
Armstrong attended the University of Florida and was a standout sprinter for the Gators, eventually becoming the reserve fifth man on T&T’s 4×100 Olympic team in 2008. Thompson, however, had an illustrious collegiate career at LSU. The now-31-year-old broke the NCAA’s indoor track 60 meters record in 2008 and was then named the SEC and NCAA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.
It’s quite an achievement for the two SECers, even if it took eight years to happen. For Bolt, though, he can no longer claim his triple-triple — three gold medals in all three events he competed in at all three Olympic games he competed at. But, hey, he’s still the fastest man alive and eight “official” gold medals isn’t too shabby.
h/t to Garrett Walvoord/Twitter