Athletics
Usain Bolt adds touch of glamour at the Commonwealth Games

On the absence of a string of big stars from the Commonwealth Games? "They were always very important to me, but everyone makes their own decisions for their own reasons."

Apr.13 - SportLand: The sub-10 second bursts of brilliance are gone but, track exploits apart, Usain Bolt is still living fast.

The Jamaican spent the early hours of Thursday morning amid a haze of dry ice, camera phones and free cognac, DJ-ing at a Gold Coast nightclub that skimps only on uniforms for its female waiting staff.

Ten hours later though, hiding behind shades from an unsympathetic sun, his endurance was being tested.

At a beachfront news conference, many of the cameras had long lenses, those wanting a moment of his time were paid-up media, and the man himself was playing it unusually safe.

Who does he expect the void he has left behind in athletics? "It is a wide open field it is about someone stepping up," he answered.

What about the possibility of his ninth Olympic gold being returned to him via relay team-mate Nesta Carter's appeal? "I have moved past that now, just waiting for the verdict".

On the absence of a string of big stars from the Commonwealth Games? "They were always very important to me, but everyone makes their own decisions for their own reasons."

There were moments where his warmth and wit shone through. Told that the world was still "obsessed" with him despite him hanging up his spikes, Bolt silently gripped a fist in celebration.

One journalist asked if he was right to think that Bolt could yet return for Tokyo 2020. "You are very wrong," Bolt shot back immediately.

But Bolt's appearance at the Games was more about the mere physical fact of him being here.

The trademark Cheshire cat grin broke across his face as he posed for photos, there was a flurry of camera shutters, and everyone left happy.

Eight months after his retirement, the circus, in thrall to Bolt's class clown-turned-ringmaster magnetism, is still drawn in.

Those organising and paying behind the scenes hope that, via the media scrum that surrounds Bolt, some of his carefree charisma radiates out to the causes he is promoting.

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