Jamaica ease to 4x100m relay Gold at Commonwealth Games

Amid the fanfare that always accompanies the arrival of Mr Usain St Leo Bolt on to an athletics track, it was easy to overlook the fact that the Jamaican and his band of merry men were not, for once, the quickest in the men’s 4×100 metre relay heats.

They won their heat ahead of Nigeria with Bolt on the anchor leg, but that honour fell to England, who managed to get the baton round a full 21 hundredths of a second quicker than Jamaica.

England’s time of 38.78sec will mean little when it comes to today’s final, of course, but then Bolt’s long overdue appearance at Hampden Park has always felt more about significance than substance. He came, cavorted and the crowd loved him for it. That was the main thing.

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