2012 Olympic relay team loses silver medal in Tyson Gay doping case


Drugs can ruin it all for everyone!  Read about how Tyson Gay caused his whole team to lose their silver medals from the 2012 Olympic relay race written by Stephen Wilson for Miami Herald.

 The entire U.S. men’s sprint relay team was stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday as a result of Tyson Gay’s doping case.

“As expected, following USADA’s decision in the Tyson Gay case, the IOC today confirmed that the U.S. team has been disqualified from the 4×100-meter race that was part of the athletics competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.

“We will begin efforts to have the medals returned, and support all measures to protect clean athletes.”

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.

Gay tested positive for steroids at the U.S. championships in 2013. He received a reduced suspension – rather than a two-year ban – because he cooperated with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation that led to an eight-year ban for his former coach, Jon Drummond.

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