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Forgiving Glasgow cheers Usain Bolt to sweet victory

By Claire Williamson

Glasgow held no grudges against Usain Bolt as athletics fans cheered him to victory, The Jamaican Olympics 100m champion reportedly made disparaging comments about the Commonwealth competition.

The war of words erupted over reports that Usain Bolt called the event "a bit s***".

The sprinter dismissed the claims as "nonsense" and "lies" on Twitter while his manager said the story was "utter rubbish".

Games organisers publicly backed Bolt's version of events at a morning Press conference.

Last night after the sprinter took the Jamacian relay team in to the final, he again denied the claims.

He said: "It's wonderful, just like the London Olympics. The crowd is great.

"I have heard it throughout the championships and watched it on the television.

"I can't believe (The Times) actually said that.

"I would never use that word. I love competing and I am here because of the fans."

The 27-year-old continued: "I am enjoying it. The people have been good to me and I would never say that."

Commenting on his time at the games he had only positive things to say.

He stressed: "It's great. Everything has been good so far just the weather it's a little cold, but everything has been great. The fans have been wonderful and I'm happy to be here. I've been looking forward to just enjoying what is going on here."

Team Jamaica received the loudest cheer of night when the baton was passed to the track star.

The six-time Olympic champion and winner of eight World Championship gold medals was loudly cheered by the capacity crowd at Hampden Park.

He ran the last leg of the relay and sealed victory with ease. He said: "We told each other just to get it (the baton) round and not to stress too much about this one."

Bolt lapped up the atmosphere and even fist-bumped and shared a joke with his Games volunteer.

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