Commonwealth Games 2018: India show ends on a high

Commonwealth Games 2018: India show ends on a high

Commonwealth Games 2018: India show ends on a high

The Commonwealth Games have ended in unspectacular fashion, with viewers and athletes left in disbelief over the disastrous finish to a brilliant event on Sunday night.

Carver-Dias says the Commonwealth Games' role as a learning experience for the country's aspiring Olympians is key to its importance.

"We stuffed it up and I apologise to the viewers and the athletes".

Carver-Dias' words are undoubtedly true. The 2018 Commonwealth Games formally closed with a spectacular ceremony at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre here today. Here they also noted the games' reconciliation action plan with Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

However, England managed to hold on to possession in the final seconds before kicking the ball out of play on the buzzer to seal the first ever women's rugby sevens medal at the Commonwealth Games. The outstanding performers for India in Gold Coast were the shooters, who claimed 7 gold medals while weightlifters and wrestlers followed closely by garnering 5 gold each.

CWG's host Australia is still on top of the medal tally, with 74 golds and 186 medals in total.

Track and field, not helped by the late withdrawal of sprinter Andre De Grasse, was down to 13 medals from 17.

But there were disappointments too, the biggest being the two hockey teams. They were stars in their own right, here to pursue personal goals, not those which cynically box-tick broader pictures like the interminable medals tables or funding cycles.

LePage, 22, won silver in the decathlon, while defending champion and Canadian teammate Damian Warner faltered. Haley Smith overtook Emily Batty to take mountain bike bronze. They did see that moment.

On the plus side, no Canadian athlete got tanked up and borrowed a Hummer. Ellie Black, with two gold and a silver, was a class act in gymnastics.

Akani Simbine led a South African 1-2 to win the men's 100m in 10.03 seconds, while Jereem Richards was handed the 200m after England's Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for hindering the Trinidadian as they raced across the line in 20.12 seconds.

Wheelchair racer Diane Roy, at 47, won bronze. The 20-year-old showed he is one for the future with a performance that had brilliance written all over it.

Vikas Krishnan was the third Indian boxer to win gold.

"Over the past three years, Jack Morton Worldwide, Australia has had the privilege of working side-by-side with GOLDOC in the development of the creative elements of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games".

But the show belonged to Australia.

It was, nearly inevitably, set by the Australian team, who put behind them their disappointing 2017 world championships by winning 28 swimming gold medals and 73 overall, well ahead of England's nine (24).

She also got to meet Prince Charles, who presented her with that gold medal.

"Almost the entire women's hockey team comprised Railway girls", she said.

The heavyweights didn't hog all the medals. Forgotten in the successful completion of the Games was the fact that a few won, while others couldn't. It may not have the surf nor the sunshine, but it has something much more valuable: the flawless blueprint for how to preserve the Commonwealth Games for what it is today thanks to these glorious 11 days on the Gold Coast: more relevant, more essential, more vibrant than ever before.

The sports were well-attended, with locals in the majority.

"This is one of my most memorable achievements because this will be my last Commonwealth Games", Lee said. People went to the venues and they went home. The success of Games relies heavily on its 15000 volunteers. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. "The organizing committee delivered".

"Jenly has proven that Solomon Islands can compete at the global level and especially at the highest level like the Commonwealth Games", Mr Rara said. Participants and visitors also appreciated the handsome locale that is the Gold Coast - and the beaches, surf and sand did not disappoint.

"I am just so glad", a beaming Mary Kom said after the victory. "There's beaches, there's koalas, there's sun".