Even Channel 7 Was Pissed Off At The Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu assure India of gold and silver medals

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu assure India of gold and silver medals

In both, the Gold Coast and the people of Australia have been wonderful hosts and have generated a fantastic atmosphere from the start of the Queen's Baton Relay to this, the closing c ceremony. Only Australia with 198 medals and England with 136 were ahead.

The amount of empty seats at the Closing Ceremony, which included an appearance from Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and a handover segment from Birmingham 2022, was also criticised. In fact, in 2018, the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Sport are more relevant than ever before. They won 16.2% of the medals available, only delivering a lower percentage at Melbourne 2006 (15%) - which was also staged in the northern hemisphere spring.

"In the end, we can go through the entrails of all this, but I'm chairman and the bucks tops with me. It shouldn't be an excuse".

As in the Rio Olympics two years ago, India failed to peak when it mattered the most, saving its best hockey for the group stages and falling flat in the knockout clashes.

Australia also dominated the cycling by taking 14 of the 26 golds up for grabs in the velodrome, on the road and up the mountain with their men's 4000m team pursuit team setting a world record in the final.

Among others, three Australians and a Namibian were marathon victors; Malaysians, Indians and English triumphed at badminton; New Zealanders and Australians took squash gold; the English won the netball; Singaporeans triumphed at table tennis.

Mary Kom competed in her maiden Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and added the only medal remaining to her kitty by winning the gold medal in 45-48kg boxing. Swimmer Adam Peaty was beaten in the 50m breaststroke final and Alastair and Jonny Brownlee finished off the podium in the men's triathlon.

Commonwealth Games organisers slammed for closing ceremony. Commonwealth medals are incredibly hard to get.

"My husband and parents are very supportive, but if I wasn't strong that would not be possible".

Which of these victories meant the most to you? Segun Toriola is the other Nigerian to feature in the final of the men's singles - he defeated Canadian Johnny Huang to win gold at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala, aged 15, created history by becoming the country's youngest ever Gold medal victor in the Commonwealth Games, in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol.

What do the stats say?: Outside the Commonwealth Games, which Scotland have hosted, Gold Coast 2018 was the country's best since 1982 in terms of the 5.2% share of medals won, according to Gracenote.

In badminton, India's shuttlers brought home six medals at Gold Coast, surpassing the four from Delhi 2010, with gold in the team event, gold for Saina Nehwal, silver for Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu.

"And you can always measure each Games with different things that are unique".

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