GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — Track and field superstar Usain Bolt will make his first appearance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team at Hampden Park on Friday.
Bolt, who has been hit by injury set backs this season, with only compete in the sprint relay in Glasgow and his addition to the team has made Jamaica the overwhelming gold medallist.
Individual 100m champion Kemar Baily-Cole and bronze medallist Nickel Ashmeade are set to join Bolt in the preliminaries, with Jason Livermore, who made both the 100m and 200m finals – and landed a bronze in the latter – expected to be rested.
Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, who like Bolt has also decided to compete in just the 4x100m relay, will make her first appearance in Glasgow as a member of the Jamaican sprint relay team that will also include Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart, who finished second and third in the open 100m dash.
The England quartets are expected to be strong opponents for the Jamaicans in both the relays.
Also in action in Friday night’s lone session is Olympic champion Sally Pearson, with the Australian a strong favourite to land the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles in the final.
England’s Tiffany Porter, who also won her semi-final heat on Thursday, looks like the only one who can stop Pearson, but would need the Australian to make mistakes.
Seven gold medals are up for grab on day eight at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.