The world’s fastest man – and almost certainly the coolest – can now add Commonwealth champion to his long list of titles.
Sprint superstar Usain Bolt gave Glasgow just the show it had hoped for as he brilliantly anchored his Jamaican team to victory in the men’s 4x100m relay on Saturday.
Bolt had a 40,000-strong Hampden Park crowd eating out of his hand as he danced, posed and then unleashed a spectacular burst down the rain-sodden home straight in a fitting finale to the Commonwealth Games athletics program.
After skipping the previous two Games, Bolt avoided the individual event in Glasgow after an injury-marred start to the year but insisted he craved a Commonwealth gold to add to an illustrious medal haul featuring six Olympic golds.
“It means a lot. Commonwealth gold is the only medal missing from my collection,” Bolt said.
“I’m happy to be here and sorry I didn’t manage to run the individual events because the energy out here is wonderful.”
His long awaited Commonwealth debut in Friday night’s heats came on the back of a controversial week in which he had to deny a report he had been made disparaging remarks about the event and its host city.
However the crowd didn’t need winning over on Friday night and they were wowed again by Bolt’s theatrics on Saturday.
He danced along to The Proclaimers’ Scottish pop anthem I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and struck his trademark lightning bolt pose before the race had even started.
Then it was down to business.
Jason Livermore, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade all safely negotiated their legs before the baton was passed on to Bolt.
He made fast work of dropping English sprinter Danny Talbot as he charged through the line in a Games record of 37.58 seconds.
The show didn’t end there, with Bolt taking his time as he high-fived fans, signed autographs and stopped for ‘selfies’ during the team’s lap of honour.
Earlier, Nigerian Blessing Okagbare missed a golden treble as her 4x100m relay team could only claim silver behind a Jamaican team featuring double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Okagbare had already claimed the individual sprint double at Hampden Park.
Kenya continued a superb meet with Mercy Cherono and Janet Kisa winning gold and silver in the women’s 5000m.
The Kenyan 1-2 feat was then replicated in the men’s 1500m by James Magut and Ronald Kwemoi.
Australia claimed its eighth athletics gold when Alana Boyd defended her pole vault title.
Shelley Watts became Australia’s first women’s Commonwealth champion in boxing, with compatriot Andrew Moloney also winning a gold.
Table toppers England were dealt cruel double blow in team finals, suffering agonising defeats in the women’s netball and hockey.
The English netballers went down 35-34 to a goal with one second remaining in their semi-final against New Zealand while the hockey side surrendered a lead over Australia in the last 20 seconds to lose the gold medal match in a shootout.
The Games, which conclude on Sunday, suffered its second doping controversy after it was announced Botswana’s former women’s world 400m champion Amantle Montsho failed a drugs test.
It came after Nigerian teenage weightlifter Chika Amalaha was stripped of her Commonwealth women’s 53kg gold medal on Friday for doping.