Sprinter Usain Bolt delights the Glasgow crowds

Last updated 12:45 02/08/2014
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TOO EASY: Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt proved popular with fans in Glasgow during the men's 4 x 100 metre relay heats.

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If Scots were offended by Usain Bolt they didn't show it this morning as the Jamaican sprint star made his track debut at the Commonwealth Games.

Despite media reports that he was disparaging about Glasgow, Bolt's introduction to a 40,000-plus crowd at Hampden Park was greeted with a roar of cheers.

And Bolt gave them what they wanted to see, anchoring Jamaica's 4x100-metre team to a comfortable win in its heat as the favorite advanced to tomorrow's final in 38.99 seconds.

''It was wonderful, it's just like the London Olympics - the crowd was great,'' the six-time Olympic champion said.

''It's just been wonderful.''

Three days earlier, The Times of London quoted Bolt as saying that he was ''not really'' having fun in Glasgow, and using a word that derided the calibre of the Games.

''I would never have used that word,'' Bolt said, discussing the story publicly for the first time.

''I am enjoying it (in Glasgow), people have been so nice to me. I would never say anything like that. ... Everything has been good for me so far - just (not) the weather.''

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