• Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bolt delights Glasgow

Reuters, Glasgow

Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt steered Jamaica to a comfortable victory in their 4x100 metres relay heat in front of an expectant crowd at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.

The towering sprinter, an eight-times world champion, ran the final leg as Jamaica easily qualified for the final in a time of 38.99 seconds ahead of Nigeria.

Bolt anchored the Jamaica team of Kimmari Roach, Julian Forte and Nickel Ashmeade, who won 100 bronze in the sprint on Monday, to an easy victory.

Earlier, another Olympic champion, Australian Sally Pearson, stormed to victory in the defence of her 100 hurdles title in a time of 12.67 seconds, ahead of England's Tiffany Porter and Canadian Angela Whyte.

Kenya secured a 1-2-3 in the men's 3000 steeplechase with Jonathan Ndiku winning in a Games record time of eight minutes 10.44 seconds ahead of Jairus Birech and Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi. Their compatriot Eunice Sum followed with another gold by romping to victory in the women's 800 final.

A thrilling finish to the men's 10,000 saw Uganda's Moses Kipsiro narrowly retain the title he won in Delhi, while Steven Lewis won pole vault gold for England, adding to the silver he claimed in Delhi and the bronze he won in Melbourne in 2006.

Australia's Eleanor Patterson won the women's high jump gold while her compatriot Dani Samuels took the women's discus title.

Published: 12:00 am Sunday, August 03, 2014

Last modified: 1:18 am Sunday, August 03, 2014

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