Commonwealth Games 2018 conclude with India bagging third position in medals tally

Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast Boxer Amit Panghal takes Silver in men's light flyweight

Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast Boxer Amit Panghal takes Silver in men's light flyweight

The Gold Coast Games were the first with an equal number of gold medals for men's and women's events, included 38 events in a fully integrated Paralympic programme and welcomed a high-profile transgender athlete.

"You're being way too polite", replied fellow commentator and former Commonwealth Games athlete, Johanna Griggs.

"This is where we stand as true Solomon Islanders, and every time we represent our country, we must be proud", he said.

"For me, the Commonwealth Games were a stepping stone for worlds next year, and worlds are a stepping stone for the Olympics".

Ruck, 17, took home eight medals to become the most decorated Canadian female athlete ever at a single Commonwealth Games.

"We were looking forward to being part of the closing ceremony and being recognised for what we've done at the games and we sort of walked in there and we weren't really sure what was happening and then realised that we'd been brought in before the broadcast had begun". "They made the decision not to have the athletes enter the stadium".

There was also concern after a large portion of the athletes and spectators left the ceremony before it had finished, leaving the stadium looking a little bare.

The show continued with a performance by Ricki-Lee and The Koi Boys before Anthony Callea took the stage to perform "You Should be Dancing" accompanied by the athletes. "They are a way for us to come together and share what we have in common". "I've never seen the stadium so empty", she said. We weren't allowed to put it in the ceremony. But the veteran Malay blew him away in the next two games as Srikanth went down 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 in an hour and five minutes.

Fearnley - who earlier on Sunday won gold in the men's wheelchair marathon - received a rousing ovation as he led the Australian team into the stadium.

The events management company is part of the IPG group and leading its organisation of the opening and closing ceremonies was David Zolkwer, head of Jack Morton Worldwide Public Events. Yes we did get it wrong.

They expressed their disappointment over the decision to leave the athletes' entrance out of the broadcast, saying it was not the decision of the network.

In a statement sent during the Ceremony, Gold Coast 2018 admitted it was not at full capacity but claimed there were over 30,000 people in the Stadium. Here are some of the bright stars to emerge from Gold Coast.

"There were too many speeches, I shouldn't have spoken because it bored the athletes silly", added Beattie.

Zempilas: Performance from our athletes have been spectacular.

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