The United States have been stripped of their London Olympic medals given to the 4x100m relay team in 2012, report the media. The decision came as a consequence of one of the team's players positive drug test. Tyson Gay was suspended for a year after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
The former 100m and 200m world champion gave his medal back in May 2014 when suspension was announced. The entire team must now return the medals, demands the International Olympic Committee. Trell Kimmins, Justin Gaitlin, Ryan Bailey, Jeffery Demps and Darvis Patton will all lose their medals. The IOC said the move supports protection of “clean athletes.” Everybody except Patton and Demos ran in the final, with Gaitlin previously serving two doping bans.
He was suspended for four years between 2006 and 2010. It has been found that Gay first used the banned steroid on 15 July 2012. His results on that day were annulled. The team won silver and finished after the Jamaica team, lead by Usain Bolt. Gay’s team set a United States record in that race with their time summing up to 37.04 seconds. Trinidad and Tobago, who initially finished third, will now be given a silver medal. France, which finished fourth, will now receive bronze.
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