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BEIJING - AUGUST 22:  (L-R) Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Usain Bolt and Michael Frater of Jamaica celebrate the gold medal after the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final at the National Stadium on Day 14 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 22, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Nesta Carter appeals after Jamaica’s relay medals stripped

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Nesta Carter appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after his failed doping retest caused the Jamaican 2008 Olympic 4x100m relay team, including Usain Bolt, to be stripped of their gold medals.

Carter’s attorney confirmed a Reuters report that Carter filed an appeal with the court.

On Jan. 25, it was announced that Carter was disqualified from the Beijing Games after retests of his 2008 doping samples came back positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

In accordance with doping rules, that meant the entire Jamaican relay team was stripped of its medals, since Carter was part of the quartet. It brought Bolt’s Olympic gold-medal tally down from nine to eight, one shy of the track and field record shared by Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi.

The stimulant methylhexaneamine was not named on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substances list in 2008 (it is now), but, according to the IOC:

Methylhexaneamine fell within the scope of the general prohibition of stimulants having a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect as the listed stimulants. Under the then applicable system, stimulants which were not expressly listed, were presumed to be Non-Specified Prohibited Substances.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) has confirmed that the presence or use of substances falling within the scope of generic definitions of the Prohibited List, can be used as a basis of establishing anti-doping rules violations.

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Usain Bolt meets Michael Phelps, predicts when 100m world record will fall

MONACO - FEBRUARY 14:  Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award winner Usian Bolt poses with the other Laureus World Sports Awards winners pose for a selfie on stage during the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles,Sporting Monte Carlo on February 14, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
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The long-awaited first meeting between Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps occurred rather unremarkably, at an airport en route to the Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco on Monday, according to Laureus.

Bolt and Phelps then each won an award at the annual show on Tuesday, Bolt garnering Best Male Athlete and Phelps earning Comeback of the Year for their performances at their last Olympics in Rio.

They sat at bordering tables at the show (evidenced by Phelps’ presence in between Bolt’s trophy and the sprinter’s face in this image). After, they were on stage together, as Bolt gathered more than a dozen in attendance for a selfie and to share in his iconic “To Di World” pose.

Bolt also said in Monaco that he believed his 100m world record of 9.58 seconds, set in 2009, will probably be broken in 10 or 15 years, according to multiple reports.

“I think, just looking at the crop [of young sprinters] right now, I probably have 10, 15 years,” he said, according to the Times of London.

Bolt’s retirement at the end of this year will leave large spikes to fill in track and field. He had words of advice to young sprinters, especially Andre De Grasse, who earned three sprint medals for Canada in Rio at age 21 but is perhaps best known for exchanging grins with Bolt during the 200m semifinals

“I’ve said to a few athletes that I know personally, ‘You guys need to show your personality, not just performance. Listen to me, I’m not trying to say you should try and do weird things, but people want to see personality and something different,'” Bolt said, according to the Times. “Hopefully they’ll trust me and try to change.

“I said to De Grasse last season, ‘Listen to me, yes you’re doing well, but you guys are too quiet. Look at the attention you got because we were having fun.’ People were like, ‘De Grasse is so cool.’ “

Bolt also cautioned to young sprinters who have already signed lucrative endorsement contracts. De Grasse and American Trayvon Bromell inked with Puma and New Balance, respectively, while still in college. Americans Candace HillKaylin Whitney and Noah and Josephus Lyles turned pro in the last two years as teenagers.

“When I started track and field you didn’t get paid a lot when you just came out of high school,” Bolt said, according to the Times. “Now when you have young talent, they get paid so early that a lot of them just lose their way real quick.

“If De Grasse can focus, or the other talents can focus, there is going to be great competition in years to come. But I’ve seen it so much, where the young kids start getting paid and they just drop out of the scene. It’s all about who wants it. We’ll see.”

Bolt’s next scheduled meet is the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on June 10, but he could (and likely will given his past) sign up for another race between now and then.

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Usain Bolt set for first race since Olympics, rules out 2018

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02:  Usain Bolt speaks with John Steffensen on stage during the Nitro Athletics Gala Dinner at Crown Palladium on February 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt will race for the first time since the Rio Olympics on Saturday, embarking on the final season of his sprinting career.

Bolt said he will race a 4x100m relay at the first of three legs of the Nitro Athletics series in Melbourne, Australia. The series continues Thursday and the following Saturday, also in Melbourne.

Bolt arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday. The most newsworthy takeaway from his pre-meet interviews is that Bolt ruled out coming back in 2018 for a farewell race at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

“I have thought about it [Gold Coast], I have really put some thought into it but it’s not going to happen,” Bolt said, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun. “Because to come out here next season to really train as hard as I need to get to the level that I need to to win, it’s not going to happen.”

Recall in November, at Bolt’s last trip to Australia, he said there was a “50-50” shot he laced up at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, despite repeated (and repeated) comments in the last few years that he would end his career in 2017.

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