US Men’s Relay Team Reportedly Stripped of 2012 Medal for Tyson Gay Doping Case

The United States men’s 4×100 relay team from the 2012 Summer Games in London was reportedly stripped of its silver medal Wednesday because of Tyson Gay’s doping case.          

Stephen Wilson of the Associated Press reported that an official announcement hasn’t been made, but the U.S. Olympic Committee was alerted of the decision. All team members will be forced to give their medals back to the International Olympic Committee:

Gay returned his own medal last year after accepting a one-year doping suspension and the loss of results going back to July 2012, but the status of the U.S. second-place finish in London and the medals of Gay’s relay teammates had remained in limbo until now.

Under international rules, an entire team can be disqualified and stripped of medals because of doping by one member.

Justin Gatlin, Trell Kimmons and Ryan Bailey participated in the final heat with Gay. Jeffery Demps and Darvis Patto were also on the squad.

The United States finished second to a star-studded Jamaican group that included Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake with a time of 37.04 seconds.

Trinidad and Tobago collected the bronze medal and France finished in fourth place. The report notes it’s unclear at this time whether the medals will be switched, bumping each of those other teams one spot and giving the French runners a podium result.

The change will not have an impact on the medal table. The United States finished with both the most gold medals and the most overall medals in London.

 

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