Bolt steals Glasgow show, England top medals
Willie Grace | 8/4/2014, 1:03 p.m. | Updated on 8/4/2014, 1:03 p.m.
Sprint superstar Usain Bolt anchored the Jamaican team to victory in the Commonwealth Games men's 4x100m relay s England topped the medals table for the first time in 28 years.
In a fitting end to the track and field programme at Hampden Park, Jason Livermore, 100m gold medallist Kemar Bailey-Cole and bronze medallist Nickel Ashmeade all safely negotiated their legs before the baton was passed on to the towering figure of Bolt.
The 27-year-old, who has won six Olympic gold medals and eight world titles but was making his Commonwealth Games debut, made no mistake with his anchor run in light drizzle on a soaked track, charging through the line in a Games record of 37.58 seconds.
"It means a lot. Commonwealth gold is the only medal missing from my collection," said Bolt, who did not race the 100 or 200m events after a nagging foot injury forced him out of the Jamaican national championships, which served as a trial for these Games.
"I'm happy to be here and sorry I didn't manage to run the individual events because the energy out here is wonderful."
In the women's 4x100m relay, Jamaica were also triumphant courtesy of Kerron Stewart, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Schillonie Calvert and double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Kenya's middle- and long-distance team continued their amazing form. Mercy Cherono and Janet Kisa won gold and silver in the women's 5,000m, the bronze going to England's 40-year-old Jo Pavey.
Cherono and Kisa's double feat was then replicated in the men's 1500m by James Magut and Ronald Kwemoi.
Magut's gold was the men's third after those in the 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase. Kenyan Julius Yego then claimed victory in the men's javelin.
With just one day left at the Games, England are top of the medals table with 165 of which 56 are gold while Australia have 132 in total with 45 in gold.
Only 11 titles are left to be decided on Sunday leaving England to nudge Australia off the top of the medals table for the first time since 1986 in Edinburgh.
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