Usain Bolt signs autographs after winning gold in the men’s 4x100 metres at Hampden Park wearing a tam o’shanter.
Usain Bolt signs autographs after winning gold in the men’s 4x100 metres at Hampden Park wearing a tam o’shanter. Julian Finney getty Images

Glasgow proclaims MacBolt Games king

IT'S still not certain whether he was talking about the Commonwealth Games or the Glasgow weather when he told a reporter "it's a bit s**t", but it took Usain Bolt just 10 seconds to make good on the final day of athletics at Hampden Park.

In front of a sell-out crowd that turned out to see the world's fastest man, Bolt didn't disappoint by racing away from Englishman Danny Talbot down the home straight to give Jamaica an emphatic victory in the 4x100m relay in a new Games record time of 37.58 seconds.

Ever the showman, Bolt's presence was a bright spot on another dreary Scottish day.

He lifted the crowd to fever pitch before the race, dancing to the Proclaimers hit song "I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)", and performing his trademark "lightning bolt" pose as he was introduced.

And when he was handed the baton at the final changeover, with England marginally ahead, the 27-year-old sizzled down the rain-soaked track to deafening applause, correcting the one anomaly on his record by adding a Commonwealth Games gold medal to his six Olympic gold and eight world titles.
 

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He then continued the charm offensive by staying on long into the night, posing for selfies and signing autographs with adoring fans.

He even donned a cardboard "Bolt mask" he borrowed from someone in the crowd, and put on a tartan tam o'shanter and danced a jig, almost nothing too much trouble for the undoubted biggest star of the show.

"I'm always here to have fun," he said.

"It was just wonderful, although this his new thing of selfies is taking up time.

"I came out here to do my best, and this is my first race back from injury so I'm very happy."

Also very happy was Aussie pole vaulter Alana Boyd who jumped 4.50m in the treacherous conditions to extend Australia's record of never having lost a women's pole vault competition at the Games since the event was added to the program in 1998.

Boyd's gold medal took Australia's haul at the athletics to eight from the 103 competitors, the biggest team to contest a Commonwealth Games outside of Australia. The team in Delhi four years ago had just 66 members and returned with 11 gold, six silver and three bronze.

Selections for Glasgow were based on the Institute of Sport's Winning Edge strategy which has a stated aim of Australia being the number one nation at the Commonwealth Games.

Perhaps that strategy will pay off by the time we get to the Gold Coast in 2018.



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