Gold Coast closes "inspirational" Games

Bajrang Punia won the gold medal

Bajrang Punia won the gold medal

Kyron McMaster brought some well-needed joy to the British Virgin Islands by winning its first Commonwealth Games medal in the 400 meters hurdles just six months after Hurricane Irma devastated the tiny nation and killed his coach.

The Gold Coast Games were a coming-out party for teenage swimming phenom Taylor Ruck and announced the arrival of decathlete Pierce LePage.

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Against England in the last group stage game, the Indians staged a truly incredible comeback as they scored twice in the last two minutes to overturn a one-goal deficit.

In fact, it was the weightlifters who set the ball rolling with their best ever performance - the highlight of which was the absence of any doping suspicion. 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.

"Most athletes aren't used to running multiple rounds in April". "I wouldn't have come if I didn't have to", he said. "It shouldn't be an excuse". The team Gold was the highlight.

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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. Swimmer Adam Peaty was beaten in the 50m breaststroke final and Alastair and Jonny Brownlee finished off the podium in the men's triathlon.

The highlight of the show, which was not universally liked and saw many people leaving the stadium midway, was a segment done by cricket legend Don Bradman's grand daughter Greta Bradman, who performed along with the members of the Queensland Ballet during the hand-over of the Games flag. Commonwealth medals are incredibly hard to get. "I don't know if I deserve it but I am certainly very proud of it". "The mixed doubles was a close tie for Satwik and Ashwini, which we could have got another medal". In the next two matches, victories were recorded against Wales (4-3) and Malaysia (2-1), where there were moments of class but what was more conspicuous were the lapses in concentration and the lacklustre attacking displays. The Commonwealth Games Federation flag was passed on to Birmingham officials after 11 days of successful games and events in Gold Coast, Australia.

Batra made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win an individual table tennis Gold at the Games.

For the first time at a major sporting event, equal number of gold medals were available to women and men.

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

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