The World’s fastest man and famous Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt steered his country to victory in 4x100m relay heat at the Common Wealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
Team-mate Kimmari Roach appeared hurt in his thigh, but still managed through the first leg of the heat. After passing the baton to second man Julian Forte, and later Nickel Ashmeade, Bolt took the baton on the anchor leg and was on par with Nigerian Mark Jelks. He led Jamaica to victory in 38.99sec which is the fifth fastest of three qualifying heats.
Talking afterwards, Bolt admitted that he thought that something was wrong and he was kind of worried but Kimmari completed the first leg and got the baton around which is the sign of a true champion. Bolt remembered that his coach has always taught them to run with pain.
On a newspaper report which had claimed that Bolt called the Common Wealth Games a “bit shit”, the sprinter denied ever saying that. Bolt said that he he would never use that word for the Games. He loves competing and is there because of the fans. He praised the even as “wonderful” and Glasgow as “great”.
Bolt reiterated that he is enjoying the games and acknowledged the “brilliant” reception from 40,000 people in the stadium. He felt like he was at the London Olympics and loved competing in front of a crowd that is really loud.
The Saturday’s final is more competitive with the Bahamian and English teams. England’s team of James Ellington, Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Andy Robertson who qualified in first place completed their heat in 38.78 secs which is faster than the Jamaican quartet’s 38.99.