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2012 Olympic 4x100m relay medals officially reallocated after U.S. team stripped of silver

Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

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The International Olympic Committee officially upgraded Trinidad and Tobago and France’s 4x100m relay teams to silver and bronze, respectively, after the U.S. team was stripped of its silver medal in May.

Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance in May 2013 and all his results between then and July 15th, 2012, when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found he first used a prohibited substance, were annulled. This included the 2012 London Olympics, where he won silver as a member of the U.S. 4x100m relay team.

He also served a one-year suspension, which ended in June 2014.

Gay has returned his silver medal to the U.S. Olympic Committee, but Inside the Games reports that it is unknown if teammates Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin and Ryan Bailey have returned theirs.

The President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, Brian Lewis, confirmed in a statement that the IOC has asked their relay team return their bronze medals in order to receive silver by July 18.

Lewis has criticized the process as overly long and “unfair on the clean athletes,” Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reported.

Richard Thompson, the anchor of the Trinidad and Tobago relay team, told the Trinidad Express, “This is bitter-sweet. We live for a moment and not necessarily a monetary award. We work hard to cross the line, hold up the national flag, stand on the podium and be happy in that moment we worked so hard for. We were deprived of that opportunity.”

Trinidad and Tobago earned more Olympic medals in London than any previous Games: one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

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