Usain Bolt and Jamaica break record to win gold
Published 02/08/2014 | 21:53
Usain Bolt landed his first Commonwealth Games gold medal by anchoring Jamaica to 4 x 100 metres glory at Hampden Park.
The world's fastest man ended his controversial stay in Glasgow by powering down the home straight to bring his team home in 37.58 seconds, a Games record.
The 27-year-old would have had every reason to grumble about the weather on Saturday night after rain hammered down and puddles littered the track, but he received the baton in the lead and powered away to the roars of the crowd.
England took a hugely impressive silver, their quartet of Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty and Danny Talbot producing three slick changeovers as they held off Trinidad and Tobago, clocking 38.02secs.
Bolt lapped up the acclaim on his lap of honour, posing for selfies with members of the crowd all around Hampden, with a Jamaican flag and a Scottish Saltire draped over his shoulders.
He also donned a tartan hat and scarf as he joked around with his adoring fans.
The controversy over his alleged slur on his experiences in Scotland, which the man himself denies, had not dented his standing in their eyes.
Any doubts about that were ended in the heats on Friday when he received a rapturous reception and it continued for the final, the star attraction closing the athletics programme in style. Hampden had its superstar and were determined to enjoy him.