Champion stuff Usain Bolt
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RIO 2016: My legacy won't be tarnished says Bolt

Usain Bolt insists his legacy is secure, even if he loses one of his nine Olympic gold medals due to a teammate's reported doping.

The Jamaican completed the 'triple triple' of 100, 200 and 4x100 metres titles by anchoring his country to relay victory in his final Olympic race in Rio.

It was the perfect way for the sport's biggest star to leave its biggest stage.

"Mission accomplished,” he proclaimed.

Nine Olympic gold medals is a joint record for athletics with Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi.

But Bolt, who celebrates his 30th birthday today, could be in danger of being stripped of his relay gold from Beijing in 2008, the scene of his first three wins.

One of his relay teammates from those Games, Nesta Carter, has been named in reports as one of the athletes to have retrospectively failed drugs tests taken in Beijing, returning a positive result for the banned stimulant methylhexanamine.

There has been no official confirmation of the news, but if he is stripped of his gold then it would almost certainly mean all of his relay teammates, including Bolt, also forfeiting their medals from the event.

But Bolt insisted, even if he loses his medal, through no wrongdoing of his own, his legacy would remain intact.

"I don't think it would tarnish my legacy,” he said. "I've proved to the world over and over again I've done it clean, so no stress.

"It will be disappointing, but it's life. What are you going to do? I have no control over that.”

Bolt, dubbed the saviour of the sport in his sprint showdowns with two-time drug cheat Justin Gatlin, the pantomime villain of athletics, also claimed it would survive without him.

He is set to retire after next year's world championships in London.



Michael Phelps (US - Swimming) 23

Larisa Latynina (SU - Gymnastics) 9

Paavo Nurmi (FIN - Athletics) 9

Mark Spitz (US - Swimming) 9

Carl Lewis (US - Athletics) 9

Usain Bolt (JAM - Athletics) 9

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