Glasgow: He wowed Hampden Park by roaring to 100 metres gold at the Commonwealth Games, but Kemar Bailey-Cole could find himself persona non grata with Glasgow’s chefs.
The Jamaican, a training partner of Usain Bolt who memorably survived on a diet of chicken nuggets at the Beijing Olympics, roared to victory in the blue riband event at Hampden Park. But, if a celebratory meal is on the cards for Bailey-Cole, it is unlikely to be a Scottish one.
Asked how the food in Glasgow compared with that on offer at London 2012, he said: “I can’t compare. London was really different food. It was way better than this. It could do with some more seasoning.”
Bailey-Cole took advantage of the absence of his training partner Bolt to blaze to the 100m title in Glasgow.
The 22-year-old Jamaican recovered from a poor start to power through and finish as a clear winner in 10.00 seconds, with England's Adam Gemili just edging out Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica to take second in 10.10secs.
Bolt is only running the 4x100m relay in Glasgow, and Bailey-Cole’s win underlined the Jamaicans’ strength ahead of that event.
“It means a lot because it’s my first individual medal at a championship. It’s just the start of the individual medals,” Bailey-Cole said.
Bolt congratulated Bailey-Cole on his victory. “TeamJamaica all the way .. congrats @KemarBaileyCole #Glasgow2014 #gold,” tweeted Bolt.