Milestones achieved by India in Commonwealth Games 2018

CWG 2018 Hockey Manpreet & Co look to leave Gold Coast with a bronze medal

They made decisions not to have athletes enter the stadium. 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. "Seriously, a lot of people don't want to hear this, but if Stan was a white man I doubt we'd have been faced with the same situation".

Sri Lanka was placed 31 with one silver and five bronze medals.

Before then we have the 2020 Olympic Games which are heading to Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Olympics which are to be held in Beijing, China.

Asked about the image of the Games as a relic from bygone times, Martin told AFP: "Those who come from that era still think of it like that but now where we are in the modern Commonwealth, we are moving forward and we're embracing everybody".

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.

Griggs said she had never seen a stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony, while Zempilas noted that most of the athletes left during the ceremony.

"I've been exchanging tips with the able-bodied sprinters. I had to put all my focus and energy into athletics", Ntutu said.

"This is just to show her that I love her".

He said again that a mistake was made and that the athletes came in as part of the pre-show entertainment.

A dancer in the closing ceremony said she was shocked viewers at home did not see athletes and flag-bearers entering the stadium as she and hundreds of others thought they were on air. I should not have spoken.

This was Joshna's first and Dipika's second medal at Gold Coast after taking silver in the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghosal.

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. "It hasn't really lived up to expectations", Zempilas fired away (a full transcript of their comments is in today's West Australian).

"We have a disability, we are different but we are athletes".

"People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley". The most Tweeted moment was that of World champion and Commonwealth Games record holder Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@MirabaiChanu), who broke six records in six lifts to storm her way to gold in the women's 48kg weightlifting event. He said: "We have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow. Tomorrow morning have that yarn wherever you are".

Only four other countries have more medals than India at the quadrennial mega-event, with most recent hosts Australia leading the way.

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