Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Team Nigeria Finishes Eighth As Australia Wins 2018 Commonwealth Games

Team Nigeria Finishes Eighth As Australia Wins 2018 Commonwealth Games

In a packed and raucous stadium at Robina, New Zealand made it two from two in the finals by upsetting Olympic champion Fiji 14-0 for the men's gold. In the public's perception, a gold medal in squash does not have the same significance as a gold medal in the 100 metres sprint. Having said all of that, and we all hope sincerely this doesn't over shadow the Games. "When people with wheelchairs get kicked off our airlines, when they are being kicked out of facilities for being fire hazards, when they're not getting access to education, when they are issues with employment, I will fire up and I will grab everyone along with me". The CWG though was a depleted field for India's brightest, as the Olympic and world silver medal victor Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for the finals and Rio Olympics bronze medalist Keshorn Walcott skipped the CWG.

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Mr Beattie later told the ABC the athletes were brought into the stadium early to avoid a scenario where they would have been kept "standing around".

Usain Bolt last week described it as "brilliant" and Arnott, who was born with a condition called Erb's palsy which restricts the movement of his left shoulder and impacts on his ability to sprint, would not disagree with the Jamaican great. But I just wish we could have had that moment.

"I've been exchanging tips with the able-bodied sprinters. I can't be more honest about it than that", he said.

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

"This is one of my most memorable achievements because this will be my last Commonwealth Games", Lee said.

"I am sure there are plenty of athletes and parents of athletes from all around the Commonwealth who would have loved to see their guys coming into the stadium and Peter Beattie saying they did get it wrong and, yeah, they did mate", Fearnley said. Young athletes were given a chance to experience and prove themselves in multi event competitions and in quite a few competitions they came out with flying colours. "But it also needs to be legitimate sport and I think the performances here speak for themselves". Expectedly, South Africa was the highest placed African team as they finished in the sixth position with a total haul of 37 medals comprising 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals.

However, quite apart from the impracticality of merging two already huge events, there appears little enthusiasm among Para-athletes for emulating the process at the Olympic Games. "We got that wrong", the Commonwealth Games chairman said. We were driven by the welfare of athletes.

TV viewers didn't get to see Australian flagbearer Kurt Fearnley enter the ceremony.

Sprinter Adam Gemili, who withdrew from the men's 100m final with injury, said: "We all knew it was going to be in April and had plenty of time to prepare for that. Tomorrow morning have that yarn wherever you are". "It's a surreal experience, winning your first global medal on a big stage".

There were other exceptions as the relay teams got $9000 and $7000 for their silver and bronze medals respectively.

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