Usain Bolt anchors Jamaica to 4x100m gold

11:49, Aug 03 2014
Martin Knight and Joelle King
Martin Knight plays a stroke, as team-mate Joelle King watches from behind, against England's Peter Barker and Alison Waters in their mixed doubles semifinal.
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New Zealand's Li Feng Yang twists and flips during a dive in the men's 10m platform preliminaries in Edinburgh.
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The contrasting reactions at the final whistle of Raghunath Ramachandra (left) and Phil Burrows as India defeated New Zealand in the men's hockey semifinal.
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Silver Ferns players celebrate as England's centre walks off the court in tears after their semifinal.
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Goal shoot Ellen Halpenny lines up an attempt at goal during New Zealand's semifinal victory over England.
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Silver Ferns centre Laura Langman leaps high for a pass against England.
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New Zealand captain Casey Kopua collides with England wing attack Sasha Corbin.
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Silver Ferns reserves (from left) Anna Harrison, Leana de Bruin and Shannon Francois celebrate their one-point win with wing attack Liana Leota.
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Simon Child dives on the turf to knock a pass away from an Indian player.
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Nick Haig scores from a penalty corner to give New Zealand a 2-0 lead against India.
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New Zealand's Stephen Edwards flicks the ball between the legs of India's Raghunath Ramachandra.
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Black Sticks players celebrate their first goal against India from Simon Child (left).
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Krystal Forgesson is tackled by South Africa's Lenise Marais.
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Sophie Cocks makes a tackle during the Black Sticks' bronze medal victory over South Africa.
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Gemma Flynn and Petrea Webster in action during a wet bronze medal contest.
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Martin Knight and Joelle King compete in the mixed double squash semifinals against England.
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Nick Willis and Julian Matthews made up the Kiwi contingent in the 1500m final.
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David Nyika with silver medalist Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius (left) and bronze medalist Sean McGlinchy of Northern Ireland.
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David Nyika in action against Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius in the light heavy gold medal bout.
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Kiwi David Light evades a punch and look to throw a left hook of his own against Samir el-Mais of Canada.
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Nick Willis flies the New Zealand flag after claiming his third Commonwealth Games medal.
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Stuart Farquhar flings the javelin during the men's final at Hampden Park.

On a wet track following torrential rain, Usain Bolt gave the Commonwealth Games a display of showmanship and speed as he anchored Jamaica's 4x100-metre relay team to gold and glory today.

Jamaica raced ahead of England in a games-record 37.58 seconds as the six-time Olympic gold medalist became a Commonwealth champion for the first time.

''Even though it was cold, the energy was warm,'' Bolt said.

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FAN FAVOURITE: Usain Bolt poses for photos after winning the 4x100m relay.

Many doubted whether Bolt would turn up in Glasgow, having skipped the last two editions and being sidelined with a left foot injury earlier in 2014.

The individual sprints were avoided, but the world's fastest man made it clear that he craved a Commonwealth gold in his already illustrious medal haul.

The gold came for Bolt following a week when he was forced to deny making disparaging comments about Glasgow.

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''The only bad thing about this place is the weather,'' Bolt said.

''But I expected it.''

There was, however, a pause in the showers when the biggest star of these games appeared on a track scattered with puddles and produced theatrics even more exuberant than usual.

Before running 100 metres, Bolt danced along to the lyrics of Scottish pop anthem ''500 Miles''.

''It kind of helped me keep hyped up for the race,'' Bolt said.

After legs by Jason Livermore, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade, Bolt continued running beyond his 100 metres, draping himself in a Jamaican flag, a Scottish Saltire and tartan hat as he entertained the crowd and posed for pictures.

''This new thing about selfies is really making these laps of honours really long,'' Bolt said.

''It used to be autographs, now everyone wants a selfie.''

But it was likely to be the last one at a Commonwealth Games for Bolt, who planned to retire after the 2017 world championships - before Australia's Gold Coast hosted the Games in 2018.

''I want to be there, but maybe not as an athlete,'' he said.

AP