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dateline: 25 January 2017

Usain Bolt Stripped of Relay Gold

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • strip: to take off or take away
  • relay: a group race where each team member does one leg
  • banned: not allowed
  • IOC: International Olympic Committee
  • triple: three times
  • bump up: to raise; to moved up in a rating

Usain Bolt Stripped of Relay Gold

Usain Bolt and his Jamaican relay team have been stripped of their 2008 Olympic gold . Team member Nesta Carter, who ran the first leg of the 4 X 100m relay race in Beijing, has tested positive for a banned after an IOC . The team has known since last June that there was a chance they would have to give back their gold. In 2008, 2012, and 2016 Bolt won gold in all three of his Olympic races. In Rio, his success turned him into a triple-triple , but now his gold medal is down to eight.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why is Usain Bolt losing one of his gold medals?
  2. What was Nesta Carter’s role on the 2008 relay team?
  3. What did Usain Bolt become known as at the Rio Olympics?

Discussion Questions: Many athletes trust their coaches to make decisions on vitamins, supplements, and medication that they take. What should athletes do to ensure that they are not taking any banned substances?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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2 Comments on Usain Bolt Stripped of Relay Gold

  1. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    Thanks again for your nice voice.
    Best wishes,

  2. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    I listen to your news ten minutes several times every day.

    Your voice is excellent.

    Best wishes,

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