Bolt confirms he's already handed over 2008 relay gold medal due for team T&T

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 14:30

Usain Bolt has confirmed that he had already handed back the gold medal from the 100m relay at Beijing 2008 for it to be redistributed to Trinidad and Tobago, who were upgraded from silver. 

‘I took it back to the Jamaican Olympic Association,’ he said, 'so they have it now.' 

He was speaking to reporters after being crowned Laureus Sportsman of the Year for a record-equalling fourth time on Tuesday night, matching the achievement of Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

The 30-year-old completed the hallowed triple-triple of Olympic sprint titles in Rio last summer only to have one of his gold medals stripped from him after relay team-mate Nesta Carter was exposed as a doper.

The Jamaican was presented his Laureus award by Michael Johnson and rebuked the suggestion he might continue to Tokyo 2020.

‘For me I’m satisfied with what I’ve done,’ he said, ‘If it was up to me I would’ve hung my shoes up after the Olympics, but the fans begged me to continue. I’m still in good shape, I’m not fat so I want to run as many races as possible.’

The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honouring remarkable individuals from the world of sports along with the greatest sporting achievements throughout the year.

It was established in 1999 by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation founding patrons Daimler and Richemont and supported by its global partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen.

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