Jamaica retained their stranglehold on sprinting ascendancy in major competitions as they clinched the gold in the men's and women's 4x100 metres relay in the 2014 Commonwealth Games on Saturday in Glasgow at Hampden Park
The men led by none other than Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt outshone the rest as they registered a victory with remarkable ease clocking 37.58 seconds. England ended up with the silver while Trinidad & Tobago won the bronze.
The Jamaicans, comprising of Kimmari Roach, Julian Forte and Nickel Ashmeade and Bolt, were truly a class apart in the sprinting showed why they were so. The crowd had wanted to see Bolt at his best and he did not disappoint them. He ran in the final leg where he outpaced England's Danny Talbot with ease.
This was the first time that the sprinting superstar and showman had participated in the Commonwealth Games and he was very happy with the win.
"It means a lot. It was the only thing missing from my collection. I missed a couple of Games because of injuries and different problems, so I am happy to be here. Even though I was cold, the reception has been warm," said Bolt to The Guardian.
What the men could do the women showed that they could just as well. The Jamaican women romped home to the gold in the 4X100 metres relay. Led by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, they were the hot favorites going into the race and they showed why. They set a new Commonwealth Games record by winning the race in 41.83 seconds. Nigeria and England won the silver and the bronze respectively.
England tasted success in the men's 4X400 metres relay as they came away with the gold. The Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago took the silver and bronze. There was more glory for Jamaica as they won the women's 4X400 metres relay.
In the women's Pole Vault, Alana Boyd of Australia braved wet conditions to register a triumph. "It's great to come away with the medal. We had a bit of a delay at the start with the rain. I can't say it was extremely fun out there," she said to ABC Grandstand.
In the women's 5,000 metres final, Kenya dominated as Mercy Cherono won the gold, while Janet Kisa took the silver. Jo Pavey of England came away with the bronze.
More Commonwealth glory came Kenya's way as Julius Yego clinched the gold in the men's javelin.