IOC Strips U.S. Of London Olympics Relay Medals
The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday has stripped the entire U.S. 4x100m relay team of their 2012 London Olympic silver medal as a consequence to Tyson Gay’s drug ban, according to the Associated Press.
Gay, former 100m and 200m world champion, was suspended for a year after being tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid. The 32-year-old had to return his Olympic medal as soon as his suspension was announced on May 2014.
Now, the International Olympic Committee has told U.S. Olympic bosses to return the entire relay team’s medals.
Under international rules, the entire team can be disqualified and stripped off medals due to drug use of any individual member.
The U.S. relay team comprised of Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey, Jeffery Demps and Darvis Patton, apart from Tyson Gay. The IOC wrote to the U.S. Olympic Committee to make sure each of them return their medals.
A U.S. Olympic Committee statement said, “We will begin efforts to have the medals returned, and support all measures to protect clean athletes.”
Kimmons, Bailey and Gatlin ran with Gay in the finals. Gatlin himself served two phases of suspensions including a 4-year ban from 2006-10 after failing to clear drug tests.
Gay’s results from July 15, 2012, the day he took the banned substance for the first time, were annulled. He was tested positive in the U.S. World Championship trials in June 23, 2013 and his one-year suspension began only on that day.
The U.S. relay team finished second to Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who clinched the gold medal clocking a new world record. Gay and co., too, did set up a U.S. record by finishing 37.04 seconds.