However, his record was reduced yesterday after the 30 year old sprint legend compatriot Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance. This means that Bolt must return one of his nine Olympic gold medals.
The gold Bolt won in the 4x100m relay at Beijing 2008 will no longer count after governing body the International Olympic Committee (IOC) disqualified the Caribbean island’s sprint team Wednesday.
Re-analysis of Carter’s samples from Beijing resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.
All four members of the team – Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Carter, a bronze medalist at the 2013 World Championships – lose their titles.
Last summer Bolt, expressed returning one of his golds would be “heartbreaking” but added that he “would not have a problem” doing so.