Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

PM visits Team Solomon at Commonwealth Games

PM visits Team Solomon at Commonwealth Games

If the weather wasn't already warm enough on the Gold Coast, the velodrome here was heated to 36 degrees to provide faster track conditions for the riders.

For a CGF constantly fighting the perception that a multi-sport event which sprung from the British Empire is an anachronism, there was confidence that the movement was firmly on the path back to relevancy.

India won a total of 64 medals, including 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze, at CWG 2014.

"India's contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has made every Indian extremely proud".

"From its beginnings. the Games were always created to be more than just a sporting spectacle".

It was a successful Commonwealth Games for Australia as they finished with 80 gold medals, 59 silver and 59 bronze and broke a host of Games' records.

The CGF were keen to emphasize a greater diversity of medal winners with 43 nations taking at least one and the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands all winning their first.

Leading the men's event with a mile to go, Hawkins began weaving before falling over a kerb and appeared in significant distress.

"To get England a one-two, a gold-silver, is absolutely fantastic and that's what we came here to do".

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Queensland will use the Games as a springboard to lure even bigger events, including the 2025 world athletic championships and possibly the 2032 Olympics.

Silver medals were grabbed by Mehuli Ghosh, Heena Sidhu, Sawant, Anjum Moudgil and bronze medals by Ravi Kumar, Om Mitharwal (two bronze), Apurvi Chandela and Ankur Mittal.

Boxers Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik won silver medals in the 49 kg and 60 kg men's boxing categories. They face Scotland in the bronze medal game.

Winners: Diver Jack Laugher and gymnast Nile Wilson both leave with three golds, while there was a stunning gold for the netball team on the final day.

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.

Australia also suffered setbacks on the last day when their women's rugby team, the Olympic champions, lost a sudden-death thriller against New Zealand in the inaugural final. "Should they (the athletes) have been a part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?"

Closing ceremonies of Olympic and Commonwealth Games are usually much more relaxed than formal openings, focusing on the athletes and celebrating their achievements.

Viewers turned to social media to vent their frustration after organisers decided not to show the athletes and flagbearers enter Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast to the traditional chorus of cheers during the closing ceremony.

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