21st Commonwealth Games concludes with new medal record for Sri Lanka


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. Suwaibidu Galadima of Nigeria in action with James Arnott of England.

"All of a sudden I saw the guy to my left come through and I was a bit like "woah", Arnott told Reuters.

Was it a really special medal win?

Disappointments: Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock was tipped to be one of the stars on the Gold Coast, but had to settle for silver on the pommel horse and missed out on a medal on the floor.

While Adams and Semenya's next multi-sports Games will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, though, the goal on the horizon for Arnott is the Paralympics Games that follow. This resulted in the athletes entering the stadium during the pre-show, rather than during the live broadcast.

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Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolts plays the DJ desks during the closing ceremony. "I can't be more honest about it than that", he said.

"I've been exchanging tips with the able-bodied sprinters". "They fought, they pushed and they excelled in many areas; it was a privilege for Assistant-Chef Ben Huot and I to share these 11 days with such a spectacular group of men and women".

"2020 is hard to say, but I will try my best".

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg believes the full integration is essential if the Games are to reflect the mission of the movement.

"If you value people, you include them, it's that simple".

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The shooting last October was the country's deadliest mass shooting. "I have one really awful memory from Las Vegas but I have a thousand great ones".

"I think for me, this tournament belongs to Ashwini". 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.

"But there are two words that are very applicable for these Games".

For the first time at a major sporting event, equal number of gold medals were available to women and men. "We stuffed it up and I apologize to the viewers and the athletes". "Again, we got that wrong", he wrote. "I have got everything", she said.

The collapse of Hawkins cast a shadow over Sunday's marathon races. A lot of effort and planning goes into positioning the underwater camera in just the right spot so it was a particularly satisfy image to get out of the night's work. "Tomorrow morning have that yarn wherever you are". The host team also benefitted from a $15.5m "top up" in 2017 from the Australian government -this top up alone was more than 9 times the entire Canadian team budget!

There you have it: fans and commentators alike agree a crowning achievement for one of Australia's toughest athletes wasn't given the send-off it deserved.

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"And it's all for the sport".