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Commonwealth Games: Bolt steals Glasgow show, England top medals tally

Published on Aug 3, 2014 7:37 AM
Jamaica's Usain Bolt holds his gold medal after Jamaica won the men's 4x100m relay final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Aug 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GLASGOW (AFP) - Sprint superstar Usain Bolt anchored the Jamaican team to victory in the men’s 4x100m relay on Saturday as England topped the Commonwealth Games 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.

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.

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