18. Jerome Young and Antonio Pettigrew
What’s more, Bolt isn’t the only innocent party to have been stripped of a medal through no fault of their own. Four members of the U.S. 4x400m relay team from Sydney 2000 were forced to hand back their golds not just once but twice thanks to the cheating of their teammates. Firstly, when Jerome Young tested positive for a banned substance in 2004, before a successful appeal saw them reinstated. And secondly, and permanently, when Antonio Pettigrew’s drug use was later identified in 2008.
17. Lance Armstrong
Arguably the most famous sporting cheat of all time, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his Olympic bronze medal 13 years after winning it in Sydney. The disgraced cyclist was forced to hand it back in 2013 following the doping scandal that wrecked his career. What’s more, ironically one of the whistleblowers on the Armstrong case had also been stripped of an Olympic medal. Indeed, former teammate Tyler Hamilton surrendered his gold from Athens 2004 eight years later, after confessing to taking illegal substances.
16. Tony Andre Hansen
Of course, equestrian events mean that it’s not just human competitors that are tested for banned substances at the Games. And a horse named Camiro fell foul of Olympic regulations after competing at Beijing 2008 when it tested positive for the banned stimulant known as capsaicin. Camiro was subsequently stripped of its bronze medal, as was its Norwegian rider, Tony Andre Hansen.