•Jamaica unsurprisingly take gold at Hampden Park
•Adam Gemili and co took a solid silver in front of an adoring crowd
•Bolt brought his team home in 37.58 seconds on Saturday night
There can few stranger images in sport than the sight of the world’s fastest man bobbing around to a karaoke rendition of The Proclaimers’ I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) as he prepares to run the final leg of a relay in a major final. But that is Usain Bolt all over.
His Commonwealth charm offensive continued last night as he treated Hampden Park to his famous ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose and then anchored Jamaica to gold in the 4 x 100 metres in a Games record of 37.58 seconds.
Afterwards, there were the inevitable ‘selfies’, hundreds of autographs and an extended lap of honour as Bolt donned a tartan bonnet and scarf while the crowd serenaded their star with The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond.
t was all utterly, wonderfully bonkers; a fitting end to a competition that has been full of quirks, charisma and some very creditable performances.
Bolt said he had enjoyed his first Commonwealth Games experience but warned it would be his last, with the 27-year-old eyeing retirement after the 2017 World Championships in London.
He said: ‘I might just go onto 2017, but I think that will be my last championships. The training is not so easy. I remember asking Michael Johnson why the time came for him to retire and he said “when there’s nothing else to achieve”. I hate losing so that’s when I will retire.
‘I’m glad I came to Glasgow. The crowd was great. I felt like I was at the London Olympics. They were pretty loud. I love music so it kind of worked out. It got me hyped up for the race, so it was good.
‘For me, the Games was always relevant. In ‘06 I strained my hamstring a few weeks before and it was too late in the season for me to go in India (in 2010). I always wanted to go to the Commonwealths. It was always on my to-do list.
‘It’s always just great to have fun with the fans. They made the Games what it was. For me that was good. But this new thing about the selfies is making the laps of honour really long. That was a first.
‘But the people here are just fun. It’s just been wonderful — they’ve been cool. Even though I was cold, the reception has been warm.
‘I may be unique but I’m just me. I do what I do differently from everybody else. I bring the energy and I like to interact with the crowd.’
With a quartet of Jake Livermore, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmead and Bolt there was never really any doubt about the result, but silver medallists England were level coming into the home straight after a series of slick changeovers.
Unfortunately for Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty and Danny Talbot, Bolt was lurking in the final 100m, and his eyes were firmly on the clock.