Jamaica’s London Olympics relay gold medallist Nesta Carter has called time on his athletics career.
In a press release through track club MVP, the 35-year-old sprinter said he could not compete up to his standard in the sport. He said he has been hampered by an injury that has prevented him from competing since March.
“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.
Furthermore, he said that while he was prescribed medication to correct the problem, the medication “breaches existing anti-doping rules”.
” As such I had to make a choice between my health and athletics and I chose my health,” Carter said.
Carter ends his career 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 (36.84 seconds).
He won three World Championships gold medals as part of the Jamaica 4x100m relay team in 2011, 2013, and 2015, a silver in 2007 and an individual bronze in 100m final in 2013.