Usain Bolt anchors Jamaica to 4x100m gold

Last updated 10:56 03/08/2014
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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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FAN FAVOURITE: Usain Bolt poses for photos after winning the 4x100m relay.

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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.

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.

''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.

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