Bolt upbeat in Australia despite medal loss


This file photo taken on August 22, 2008 shows Jamaica’s Nesta Carter (L) and Usain Bolt celebrating after winning the men’s 4×100m relay final at the "Bird’s Nest" National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt returned his 2008 Beijing Olympic 4x100m relay gold medal on January 27, 2017 and would help finance an appeal to Nesta Carter’s doping punishment, the Jamaica Gleaner reported. Bolt told the newspaper that while he is not pleased at having to surrender the medal, he will not allow the situation to distract from his focus in this planned farewell season and says it will not impact his athletics legacy.

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Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has moved on quickly from the loss of a gold medal from his Olympic trove, preferring to focus on future success.

Touching down in Australia Wednesday before an international athletics meet, Bolt remained philosophical about surrendering one of his nine gold medals.

"Initially I was disappointed of course, but in life things happen," he was quoted by Fairfax media as saying.

Last week Bolt handed back a gold medal he won in the 4x100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Games after his relay teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.

"I am not sad, I am waiting to see what Nesta is going to do, if he is going to appeal. I have given up my medal but I am concentrating (on the Nitro Athletics Series) now."

The 100 metre world record holder will lead a team of All Stars against teams from Australia, China, Japan, England and New Zealand at the Nitro Athletic Series in Melbourne starting Saturday.

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