Usain Bolt made a winning Commonwealth Games debut as he anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4x100m relay heats.
Ever the showman, Bolt shared a fun exchange with a girl carrying his kit before performing a quick pre-race dance. But he was all business once the race was on. He powered down the home straight to secure Jamaica’s place in Saturday’s final.
After the race, Bolt was eager to address comments attributed to him earlier this week and set the record straight: “It was wonderful. Just like the London Olympics. The crowd here is great.”, he said.
Asked about a report in The Times suggesting he had disparaged Glasgow, Bolt replied: “I can’t believe she (the Times journalist) actually said it. I would never, ever use that word. For me, you know I love competing. I’m here because of the fans and because I want to be at the Commonwealth [Games]. I’m enjoying it. People have been so nice to me. I would never say something like that.”
Bolt was then asked to clarify his thoughts on the host city: “It’s great. Everything has been good so far. It’s just the weather. It’s got really cold. I’m just looking forward to enjoying what is going here.”
The double Olympic and World champion also had time for a tongue-in-cheek rant at BBC Sport’s Gabby Logan, who had suggested the Games were better without him and team-mate Yohan Blake.
“I heard somebody say the enjoyed the Games without Blake and me. Yeah, you. She’s knows who I’m talking to. I’m not going to call anyone any names. I’m a fun person. I love to have fun. Look at me”.