Imperious Bolt leads Jamaica to relay gold

Sat Aug 2, 2014 6:19pm EDT
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By Sam Holden

GLASGOW (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to the 4x100 meters relay gold with an emphatic finish to win his first Commonwealth Games medal on Saturday.

The eight-times world champion ran an impressive final leg as Jamaica came home ahead of England and Trinidad & Tobago in a new Games record of 37.58 seconds on a wet night in Glasgow.

Jason Livermore, Kemar Bailey-Cole, who won the 100 meters on Monday, and Nickel Ashmeade ran the first three legs but all eyes were on Bolt, the 100 and 200 meters world record holder.

The towering sprinter collected the baton level with England anchor Danny Talbot but eased powerfully away to the line with his inimitable long stride to easily secure the gold.

"It means a lot. Commonwealth gold is the only medal missing from my collection,” Bolt told the BBC.

"I'm happy to be here and sorry I didn't manage to run the individual events because the energy out here is wonderful.”


Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs the anchor leg as Jamaica wins the men's 4x100m relay final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, August 2, 2014.               REUTERS/Andrew Winning