Jamaican Olympian Nesta Carter Announces Retirement

Nesta Carter

Jamaica’s London Olympics relay gold medallist Nesta Carter has retired from track and field.

In a statement released last week, the 35-year-old sprinter said he could not compete up to his standard in the sport.

“Now at the age of 35, 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 as an athlete,” Carter said.

He said he has been hampered by an injury that has prevented him from competing since March. Furthermore, he said that while he was prescribed medication to correct the problem, the medication breaches existing anti-doping rules.

Carter said he had to make a choice between athletics and his health.

“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.”

Nesta Carter retires with a personal best in the 100m of 9.78 seconds, the eighth fastest time in history. He won Olympic gold as a member of the Jamaica 4x100m relay team that set the world record at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He also won three World Championships gold medals as part of the Jamaica 4x100m relay team in 2011, 2013, and 2015.

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