Nesta Carter, the Jamaican 100 sprinter, has bowed out of athletics due to an undisclosed medical condition.
The 35-year-old sprinter, who was part of Jamaica’s world record gold-winning 4x100m relay team at the London Olympics, tweeted his decision recently via social media platform Twitter.
“…I am no longer able to give of my best as an athlete to the sport that I know and love. As a result, and for other reasons, I am announcing my retirement from track and field and an athlete,” he said in the tweet.
“My ultimate decision to retire from athletics was also precipitated by a private medical condition, which has been getting worse. This condition has hindered me from training and competing since March 2021. A medication prescribed by my doctor to address this medical issue breaches existing anti-doping rules. As such, I had to make a choice between my health and athletics, and I chose my health,” he further added.
Carter was also part of Jamaica’s gold medal-winning relay team at the 2008 Olympics, but the medal was forfeited after a retrospective test returned a positive sample from him.
The athlete was also part of a gold medal-winning relay team at the 2011, 2013, and 2015 World Championships.
Carter claimed an individual bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships and has the eighth fastest time ever recorded over the distance.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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