Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

Mary Kom is 35.

"Look, we understand many people have been disappointed by tonight's closing ceremony", Zempilas said at the conclusion of the ceremony.

"Definitely, athletics is on the upward swing in the country", he said. The lone Gold came in women's singles Badminton, in which star shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehal were pitted against each other in the final.

Heavy favourites Australia were also stunned by England in gripping fashion when Helen Housby scored the winning goal in the last second to make it 52-51.

England won both the men's and women's 4x100-meter relays on the final day of track, while Botswana took the men's 4x400 and Jamaica the women's 4x400. The 18-year-old Evripidou had already won gold medals in the team event and individual all-around, and added the hoops and ball to her collection.

What do the stats say?: 16.2% of all medals won at the Games were by England, down from the 21% share of medals they claimed at Glasgow 2014. New Zealand outscored Canada 28-13 in the fourth quarter and almost overcame a 21-point deficit.

"We're the Australian rights-holders so we can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters". New Zealand are expected to win the semifinal and face Australia in a re-match of the Rio Olympics final.


The CGF were keen to emphasise 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.

There were five medals in the shooting, while Gareth Evans won gold in the men's -69kg weightlifting and teenage gymnast Latalia Bevan was a surprise silver medallist on the floor.

Sri Lanka's Hiruni Wijeyratne completed the marathon in 2 hours 49 minutes and 38 seconds, coming in 11.

"It was just pure relief, it's so special to have won on home soil", Hosking said.

In a blistering rebuke of the event, Channel 7's own commentators Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas said they were contractually obliged to only show footage the Games provided, and that it was not Channel 7's decision to omit the athletes' entrance from their broadcast.

She received plenty of tactical help during the race from her five fellow Australians. But I just wish we could have had that moment. Jonathan Mould of Wales took silver and South Africa's Clint Hendricks took the bronze, all in the same time.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Opening ceremony - Carrara Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia - April 4, 2018 - Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the opening ceremony accompanied by President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin, CBE and the chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games organising committee, Peter Beattie.

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