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Usain Bolt gets Hampden applause, fist bumps volunteer

Usain Bolt appeared to have restored harmony with the Scottish public at Hampden tonight after his controversial comments.

He led Jamaica to victory in a heat for  the 4x100m relay,  after displaying his showman tendencies as he chatted to the female volunteer looking after his kit and shared a fist bump with her.

His name was greeted with a huge cheer when it was first read out by the stadium announcer, despite his alleged slur, denied by the man himself, on his Games experience, and the roars only grew when he was introduced to the crowd out on to the track.

If there were any Glaswegians bearing a grudge in attendance, they were well and truly drowned out. The man they had all come to see was here and that was all that mattered.

The six-time OIympic champion responded by sauntering down the home straight to put his team safely into final. Bolt took the baton from Nickel Ashmeade and brought his team across the line in first in 38.99 seconds before applauding the crowd.

Bolt had to take to Twitter on Wednesday to deny a report in The Times which quoted him saying the Games were "a bit sh*t" and he was "not really" having fun in Scotland.

Despite that controversy, on top of his not racing in the individual 100m or 200m, it was impossible to imagine a full Hampden crowd, who have been in good voice throughout the event, not giving its star attraction a rousing reception.

And so it proved.

Any lingering speculation that he still might not run was ended by the sight of him on the warm-up track next to Hampden ahead of the night's action.

And his appearance for Jamaica's heat, the second of three, was met with roars of approval as loud as those afforded to any Scottish athlete.

Even the weather smiled on Bolt, with the sun out for the penultimate session of athletics at the Games.

Opting to run the heats as well as the final into order to gain race practice after not competing yet this season following a foot injury, the 27-year-old showman danced along to the Scottish folk music blasting out ahead of his race before getting down to business.

After the race, Bolt insisted again of Glasgow's Games: "Everything's been great so far...apart from the weather."

"My week has been good and the people have been extra nice. I have been taking lots of pictures and heard I got some cops in trouble.

"I would never say that the Games are rubbish. When I come to the games, I always look forward to it. I was never worried about the reception tonight. I am all about the fans and for me this was dream. I am happy."

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