Bolt says he’s been sluggish in Scotland but he’s here to have fun

01-08-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Men's 4x100m Relay Round 1 Heat 2. Usain Bolt runs anchor leg for Jamaica. Usain Bolt makes Hampden roar.
01-08-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Men's 4x100m Relay Round 1 Heat 2. Usain Bolt runs anchor leg for Jamaica. Usain Bolt makes Hampden roar.

Usain Bolt shrugged off his alleged slight on Scotland and said he’s here to have a good time with his team on the track.

The fastest man in the world was disappointed with his run - despite winning the second heat of the men’s 4x100m at Hampden.

01-08-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Men's 4x100m Relay Round 1 Heat 2. Usain Bolt runs anchor leg for Jamaica. Usain Bolt makes Hampden roar.

01-08-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Men's 4x100m Relay Round 1 Heat 2. Usain Bolt runs anchor leg for Jamaica. Usain Bolt makes Hampden roar.

But Bolt branded his performance “sluggish” though was full of praise for the Scottish crowd.

“It felt like the Olympics in London,” he said. “I love competing in front of a crowd that’s really loud and for me that was just brilliant.

“I always go to every country with an open mind to see what it’s all about and what they represent, it’s been fun here and the people, just wonderful.”

And asked what he made of Scotland he said: “It’s different! People have been asking me to wear kilts but there’s been a lot of laughs - the people have been brilliant as I’ve said.”

That flew in the face of alleged mcomments made by Bolt and reported in a London-based newspaper earlier this week.

“It’s a lie,” he said. “I love coming out here to compete with my team and enjoy it and laugh and have fun.

“I was looking forward to coming here and showing the people I was here to have fun. I’m here to do my best, to compete and put in a good performance.

“I was asked how the Games had been and I said it’s OK I haven’t done much and I’ve just been in my room. She must have interpreted that as it being s___y.”

Bolt will return to the National Stadium and no doubt provoke another Hampden roar tomorrow night.

“I need a gold,” he insisted.

Pics by Michael Gillen