On a wet track following torrential rain, Usain Bolt gave the Commonwealth Games a display of showmanship and speed as he anchored Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay team to gold and glory on Saturday.
Jamaica raced ahead of England in a games-record 37.58 seconds as the six-time Olympic gold medallist became a Commonwealth champion for the first time, enhancing the status of an event that can appear an anachronism in the modern world.
"Even though it was cold, the energy was warm," Bolt said.
Many doubted whether Bolt would turn up in Glasgow, having skipped the last two editions and being sidelined with a left foot injury earlier in 2014. The individual sprints were avoided, but the world's fastest man made it clear that he craved a Commonwealth gold in his already illustrious medal haul.
Now Bolt has that gold from a Hampden Park experience he undoubtedly savored following a week when he was forced to deny making disparaging comments about Glasgow.
"The only bad thing about this place is the weather," Bolt said. "But I expected it."
There was, however, a pause in the showers when the biggest star of these games appeared on a track scattered with puddles and produced theatrics even more exuberant than usual. Before running 100 metres, Bolt danced along to the lyrics of Scottish pop anthem "500 Miles."
"It kind of helped me keep hyped up for the race," Bolt said.
After legs by Jason Livermore, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade, Bolt continued running beyond his 100 metres, draping himself in a Jamaican flag, a Scottish Saltire and tartan hat as he entertained the crowd and posed for pictures.
"This new thing about selfies is really making these laps of honours really long," Bolt said. "It used to be autographs, now everyone wants a selfie."
But it is likely to be the last one at a Commonwealth Games for Bolt, who plans to retire after the 2017 world championships — before Australia's Gold Coast hosts the games in 2018.
"I want to be there but maybe not as an athlete," he said.
Canada was in the mix for the bronze medal, but a bungled exchange between Dontae Richards-Kwok and Andre De Grasse on the anchor leg ensured they and teammates Gavin Smellie and Aarron Brown were disqualified.
Jamaica set another Games record in winning the women’s 4x100-metre relay. In a race that wasn’t even close, the team of Kerron Stewart, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Schillone Calvert, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished in 41.83. Nigeria won silver, while England took bronze. Canada just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth.
Earlier, Alysha Newman of Delaware, Ont., won bronze in women's pole vault.