Golden boy Bailey-Cole steps out of Bolt’s shadow
By Michael Hann
GLASGOW (Reuters) - Usain Bolt's training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole took advantage of the Olympic champion's absence to coolly grab 100 meters gold at the Commonwealth Games on Monday but Veronica Campbell Brown failed to seal a Jamaican double.
With the six-time Olympic champion and world record holder Bolt only competing in the 4x100 relay after an injury-hit season, the 22-year-old Bailey-Cole seized his chance and sped to victory in a time of 10 seconds flat at Hampden Park.
"I didn’t feel any pressure, I just went out there and executed my own race, but it wasn’t that perfect," he told reporters.
"I train with Usain Bolt but the friendship is not that close."
Bailey-Cole made a slow start on a blustery Glasgow evening but his long stride helped him claw his way back into the main group and he powered past England's Adam Gemili, who finished second in a time of 10.10 seconds. Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade claimed bronze.
"From the start it wasn’t good but the rest of it was OK," added the lanky Bailey-Cole, whose running style is not dissimilar to Bolt. "The coaches out there just told me to go out and win and I did exactly that.
"I just listened to the coach, who says even if I don’t get a good start just hold my composure and drive right through.
"The aim was to come out here and win and I did just that. I said to myself, 'these guys can't beat me'". Continued...