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IAAF: Bolt Tested At Least 11 Times in 2008

Jamaican Usain Bolt, who competes in the 200-meter Olympic final Wednesday night, has been drug-tested at least 11 times in 2008, according to Nick Davies, a spokesman for the world track and field federation (IAAF).
Bolt was tested four times out-of-competition by the IAAF and three times in-competition, Davies said. He also has been tested four times by the International Olympic Committee--including three blood tests--since he arrived to China, Davies said.
Davies said Bolt and fellow sprinter Asafa Powell are among the 22 elite Jamaican track and field athletes included in the IAAF's targeted testing program. The IAAF spends $2 to $3 million annually on the program, Davies said, to ensure that athletes in nations such as Jamaica and Kenya that do not have national testing programs get tested frequently. Powell, Davies said, has been tested 13 times this year, six out-of-competition by the IAAF, three in-competition and four by the IOC.
Davies said IAAF medical officials assemble longitudinal profiles of the athletes' blood work to look for abnormalities that suggest doping could be going on.
Bolt's and Powell's results "look OK," Davies said. "If it didn't, there would be massively targeted testing on them, simple as that."

By Amy Shipley  |  August 20, 2008; 7:41 AM ET
 
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BOLT will always test negative for steroids. Its those wholesome foods (ground provisions) combined with rigorous training that makes the Jamaicans that good.

Posted by: Devere | August 20, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Not because the americans are doping it doesn't mean everyone is, some people can just run really fast naturally, they can run any test anytime, the jamaicans have nothing to be afraid of so yall don't hate, appreciate, nuff love and respect, big up usain bolt, 2 da flipping world. NO DOPING!

Posted by: VANITY | August 20, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I think it is because there are such rigorous testing in track & field now why natural talents are finally shining through....How could a poor nation like Jamaica get away with doping. There is no money to pay off the officials...But I understand the media's position on this...How many times have we celebrated an athlete only to learn a few days or a few years later that they were doping.....I am glad that they test him so many times....the proof will be there...Go Jam

Posted by: V | August 20, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Jamaicans are blessed and we don't have to take steroids to be outstanding, so the Americans need to know that.Bless up USAIN BOLT. To di world

Posted by: MM | August 20, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Jamaicans are naturally talented athletes when it comes to track and field. They train hard. Just because American athletes have been known to dabble in drug to assist with performance doesn't mean all nations will Usain has been tested 11 times, he's talented.

Posted by: J.A. | August 20, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

English gold medalists should be tested in the same way the jamacians are retested and tested again.Does nobody understand natural talent

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"Developed" countries can learn a lot from so-called "underdeveloped" countries. Usain's fuel is God-given. It is the food that comes straight from the earth, unprocessed,unrefined and nourishing. When you combine that with hard work and determination, the result is Usain and a host of athletes who have done us proud over the years without a hint of scandal. BIG UP JAMAICA!!!

Posted by: Sandy | August 20, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad that they are testing these athletes because now no one can claim that they are cheats. Usain won those medals fair and square. Big up yuh ches' my yute and claim your rightful place.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Jamaican athletes have no reason to do drugs the good food we grow along with hard work and determination does pay off in the long run. It's our time and the rest of the world's time to shine with the rigid drug testing programs in place America's dominance will continue to dwindle - America u no see nutten yet

Posted by: kerry | August 20, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I do agree we caribbean people don't need to drug up to run a race, we have been running very fast for many years, it only because we are now coming to light the IAAF cannot belive a human can run so fast.

Jah Bless! the fast man.

Posted by: Bajanman | August 20, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

An amazing athlete with God given talent! No drug enhanced performance but instead one from the school of hard work, dedication and true self belief!

Let the world take note, Usain Bolt; the world fastest man and greatest ever sprinter will achieve what others don't even dare to dream of!!!!

One love, JA on the rise!

Posted by: Garvey | August 20, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

So far I haven't heard a sportive comment from USA showing respect for China's performance, or Jamaica's. USA are good winners, but sour loosers...

Posted by: sore loosing ? | August 20, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Big up to all our Jamaican athletes, they make themselves, their families and our nation proud. We dont mind the number of tests, they will be negative. As for our critics we just plan to "fan dem off" and we nah "linga" cause we are trendsetters. Gwaan team "to the world"

Posted by: ally | August 20, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

i am glad that usain bolt is being tested so many times.i know he is clean.lets stick to the positive.this is great for track and field.big up all jamaican.something to be proud.

Posted by: berger | August 20, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

So... when are the Americans gonna' start complaining that Usain Bolt "cheated?"

I am just waiting patiently by; ya'lls know the USA cannot lose graciously

Posted by: TC | August 20, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Jamaican runners train hard and eat healthy. Usian Bolt has a natural talent for track and field. And will be hard to beat for years to come.

Posted by: Bubbles | August 20, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Freakish runs like this are highly suspicious. I smell the ghost of Ben Jonson...

Posted by: Jamaican't | August 20, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I find it amazing tha this man had to be tested 11 times. For the record Track and Field is a hugh sport in jamaica. The Chinese starts training for gymnastics at 3yrs. We start running from the age of 6 months. Please understand you have not seen the best of this man. He was able to do this without the high tech training. You are seeing raw God given talents, enhanced by hard work, strength of character, discipline and credibility. I found it to be in very bad taste that someone is able to set a world record and we not see the medal presentation. To Usain I say Jamaicans everywhere are extremely proud of you. Keep working hard and I am already looking forward to 2012. JAMAICA NICE ALL THE TIME.

Posted by: DEANY | August 20, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I belief Usain Bolt could still have done better if the "drug testers" had not drained so much blood from him all in the name of testing for drugs.If the developed countries can't win without drugs, it doesnt mean Jamaica can't.

Posted by: Omo Naija | August 20, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

More money is made by doctors trying to hide steroid use, that by most other professions. How many times have we seen past winners be named-and-shamed for doping.

I do believe that Bolt's run is raw talent at it's best. The sport needs it the most.

Posted by: JD | August 20, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Bolt 2 da flipping UNIVERSE!!!!!

Big up my yute. You have done jamaicans everywhere proud.

Posted by: aly | August 21, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Negative tests only show results for a certain point in time and certain substances. To quote Angel Heredia, doping dealer of athletes like Marion Jones and Maurice Greene: There won't be a clean Olympic winner (in the 100 m final). Not even a clean participant.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/athletics/article3908470.ece
http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,571031,00.html

Posted by: Stevo | August 21, 2008 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Only naive people can believe that athletes like Bolt are clean... It is ridiculous. Everyone knows that current test methods are not sufficient, e.g. IGF-1 (growth hormone)and insuline combined offer enormous energy reservoirs where under usual circumstances no energy would be available anymore and there is currently no test method that could prove that you took that stuff. Also, there are so many opportunities to get negatively tested, even though you took drugs. Modern pharmacy makes it possible. If you believe it is just natural foods that make Bolt so fast, you are naive.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 5:58 AM | Report abuse

Black skinned atheletes are naturally gifted with great genetics not just only jamaicans. The tribe that was taken to Jamaica during the slave trade kept the culture,foods which separates Jamaica over most Hebrew Peoples from the nile. You are what you eat. The dark lean black men his height will be capable of producing those times. The training paid off! YAH Lives...

Posted by: Buffed_Anthony | August 21, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Check this out ....Jamaicans don't cheat!!!
Look
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- An unnamed Jamaican athlete will be removed from the country's Olympic team after he tested positive for a banned substance, but officials said it was not one of Caribbean island's high-profile competitors.

Mike Fennell, the president of the Jamaica Olympic Association, declined to identify the athlete whose sample tested positive from Jamaica's athletics championships from June 27-29, but said it wasn't a "major" member of the Beijing-bound team.

A person familiar with the case told The Associated Press

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Are you aware of how long and ugly the list of Jamacians busted for doping is? May sprinters from Jamaica have been busted inthe past

Posted by: Joe | August 21, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The list of those barred from competing is long and includes Jamaica-born sprinters who trained elsewhere, for example Ben Johnson in Canada, Linford Christie and Dwain Chambers in England. Jerome Young and Patrick Jarrett (who were coached in the United States by another Jamaican expatriate Trevor Graham) also fell foul of the authorities. Merlene Ottey failed a steroid test in 1999, while training in Europe. But this was later ruled a laboratory error. Patrick Jarrett failed a steroids test in 2001 and Steve Mullings tested positive for testosterone in 2004.

Trevor Graham (a 1988 relay silver medallist for Jamaica) started a track camp in North Carolina featuring Marion Jones, who had passed more than 160 drug tests before finally acknowledging steroid use. In San Francisco in May, Graham was convicted on one felony count of lying to federal agents and awaits sentencing September 5

Posted by: Joe | August 21, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt Bolt is a doper just a question of when the facts will surface.

Posted by: Joe | August 21, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Other Jamaican stars, including Asafa Powell's older brother Donovan, have tested positive for stimulants.

Posted by: Joe | August 21, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings will miss the Olympics after twice testing positive for testosterone.
Mullings can defend himself at a hearing next week, but is suspended by Jamaica pending that hearing

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow,,its gotten quiet in here,,,,people don't enjoy facts...

Posted by: Joe | August 21, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I the response of Americans to Jamaica's triumph at these Games fascinating. All i would say is that there seems to me to be a correlation between increased testing and more rigorous scrutiny of American athletics(a response to BALCO) and the exponential rise of Jamaica's stocks in recent major championships. This I think is quite possibly the most telling fact!!!

Posted by: kenny-p | August 21, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The list of those barred from competing is long and includes Jamaica-born sprinters who trained elsewhere, for example Ben Johnson in Canada, Linford Christie and Dwain Chambers in England. Jerome Young and Patrick Jarrett (who were coached in the United States by another Jamaican expatriate Trevor Graham) also fell foul of the authorities. Merlene Ottey failed a steroid test in 1999, while training in Europe. But this was later ruled a laboratory error. Patrick Jarrett failed a steroids test in 2001 and Steve Mullings tested positive for testosterone in 2004.

Trevor Graham (a 1988 relay silver medallist for Jamaica) started a track camp in North Carolina featuring Marion Jones, who had passed more than 160 drug tests before finally acknowledging steroid use. In San Francisco in May, Graham was convicted on one felony count of lying to federal agents and awaits sentencing September 5

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

The comments above about Jamaica being an underdeveloped country, and therefore a drug-free performance environment are both naive and ultimately ignorant. The commentary above is typical of misguided ethnic and racial pride.

Because Jamaica and other countries are underdeveloped, that is the exact reason why they WOULD be environments for testing of a wide variety of human cell augmentation and organic growth hormone enhancers.

This August, a South Korean lab has cloned dogs successfully for sale, and is indicative of a wide variety of genetic experiments that are legal in most of the world outside of the G8 industrialized nations.

Athletes from poor countries would be ideal test subjects for any commercial entity looking to experiment with the enhancement of human abilities through boosting natural genetic processes instead of chemical agents.

Posted by: former sprinter | August 21, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I have read most of the comments, and find that most of response seems to come from people who envy the Jamaican athletes and their success. My words to you is do not be such sore loosers. All the dopers that are Jamaican born but were given drugs in Europe or North America. Just back off Bolt and his fellow athletes, and if you can't say anything good when it is needed, then don't say anything. I think these negative comments are coming from Americans. Donovan Bailey is Jamaican born and did not use enhance drugs at all. How about that? "Back Off Backbiters"

Posted by: patty | August 21, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Is Phelps on the juice too?

Posted by: Sam the Man | August 22, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I beleive that anyone cannot accept that there are people with natural talent, are sorry losers!!! I guess it is safe to say anyone that comes out as a star is on steroids. Wake up (america) and smell the coffee. Congrats team Jamaica it's your time to shine. More PRAYER, more POWER!,More GOLD!
SHINE JAMAICA!!!

Posted by: Neteisha | August 22, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

USA Phelps on drugs. Phelps is a drug cheat. Phelps on drugs. USA swimming champion Phelps is swimming on drugs.

British Christine Ohorogho is on drugs too. She did not show up for her drugs test. She was doping up with drugs when the drug testers came knocking.

Britain, USA especially USA is a bib druggie.

Posted by: Nicola | August 22, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Dont listen to these people. Linford Christie and Dwain Chambers only tested for drugs when they moved to Britain. Apparently, Britain supplied those athletes with drugs. They were clean before moving to Britain.

So, you have proved my point that Britain support drugged up athletes.

BO-Yah!!!!! In your face losers!!!!!

Posted by: Smartjamaican | August 22, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

JERK CHICKEN + RICE AND PEAS ( OR PEAS AND RICE ) + GOOOD AIR + GENES.....ALL PAYS OFF .....IRIE ......

**YES I'M A LITTLE JEALOUS,...MAYBE ONE DAY MY GUYANA WILL BE SHARING THE PODIUM..

Posted by: starblack | August 23, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

People are haters, in the last six olympics not to mention before that, three Jamaicans have won gold in the 100m. Unfortunately for Jamaica two were transplanted, Linford Christe ran and won gold for Britain, Donovan Bailey ran, won gold for Canada. Jamaica has always produced talent on the island, but other countries have always lured atlethes away. Remember Ben Johnson he also won...was Canadian for a hot minute until his doping was revealed then ofcourse he became Jamaican born Ben Johnson. Bolt ran on talent, at 6'5 his strides in the 100m is 45 the the average47, that more than enough to set records.

Posted by: yargirl | August 25, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

All I have to say, is Americans are sour losers and by the way you all are not that smart, you all are easily brainwashed. You are provided with one of the worst education systems in the world, even Jamaica education system are light years ahead of yours. But you have been brain washed into thinking that you are some how superior to the rest of the world. Take your lose like the losers you are. You all cannot feel good about yourselves unless you break down someone else, this is your only hope of feeling relevant. You are only good for losing your lives in wars for the betterment of American corporations, then you are given the scraps. So again, the only way you feel like someone is to discredit people who have worked hard because you have no clue what it is to work hard for something you want. the only thing you now is how to cheat. You cheat in high Schools and University, so your credentials are not worth the paper it's printed on. Well the Track and field playing field is now level, so you all can kiss the sprint medals good buy. This only prove that money is not everything , with all your money, pound for pound Jamaica is light years ahead of you. Take that "sore losers".

Posted by: Yard Man | August 25, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

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