‘It must be hurtful’ Shelly-Ann sympathises with Nesta Carter’s drug situation


Source: Jamaica Observer


Double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce believes her MVP teammate Nesta Carter, who failed an eight-year-old retroactive drug test, will be exonerated eventually.

Carter tested positive for the prohibited stimulant methylhexaneamine resulting in Jamaica being disqualified from the 4x100m relay gold medal won at the 2008 Olympics. That medal accounted for one of the nine gold medals won by the legendary Usain Bolt at three consecutive Olympic Games from Beijing, China, through London, England, and ending in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Usain has what is called the triple treble, so I guess that affects him in a big way,” said Fraser-Pryce, who has two Olympic 100m gold medals.

“I know it must be hurtful, not only for… I don’t want to say Usain, I am more concerned about Nesta, to be honest. Usain has eight other gold medals, even though I know the ninth one is what completes his thing,” she added.

“But right now Nesta is, I am very sure, going through a hard time and he must feel somehow responsible for all that is happening and everything is on his shoulder, and I believe at the end of the day that he will come out on top. I believe he will be victorious when this is all finished,” said a confident Fraser-Pryce.

Carter along with Michael Frater, Bolt and Asafa Powell, in that order, romped to victory at the Beijing Olympics in a then world record time of 37.10 seconds.

“It’s a hard thing because, as an athlete you are asking him to remember something from 2008 which, for him, he never took it. He said he never took anything that he can even think about that would be on the list. So it can be frustrating for him and for me — he is my teammate — so I do see him and I hope he continues to be in high spirit, because I believe whatever is happening will come out eventually and we will know what is happening,” continued Fraser-Pryce.

She is in full agreement with all four runners losing their medals if one is found guilty of a doping violation.

“It takes four persons to run a relay. Without the first person the anchor leg don’t get the gold medal. So each individual plays a role. So it’s just how it is. You need four persons to run a relay,” said Fraser-Pryce.

In 2010, American 4x400m relay runners who were stripped of the 2000 Olympic gold because teammate Marion Jones admitted to doping won an appeal and had the decision overturned in their favour.