Peter Beattie apologises for Commonwealth Games closing ceremony 'stuff up'

TV Host Blasts Comm Games Closing Ceremony Live On Air

For a CGF constantly fighting the perception that a multi-sport event which sprung from the British Empire is an anachronism, there was confidence that the movement was firmly on the path back to relevancy.

Australia won 80 Golds, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze medals.

Indian boxing star Mary Kom opened up on the heartache she faced returning to competition after having children as she captured her first Commonwealth Games title yesterday at the age of 35.

"From its beginnings. the Games were always created to be more than just a sporting spectacle".

In the medals table, India is only behind Australia (198 medals) and England (136 medals). "It's a surreal experience, winning your first global medal on a big stage".

Leading the men's event with a mile to go, Hawkins began weaving before falling over a kerb and appeared in significant distress. She was given the honour after winning her first Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 45-48 kg category.

Taylor Ruck was arguably the swimmer of the meeting with eight medals in eight events, leading a resurgent Canadian swimming team along with backstroke world record holder Kylie Masse.

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.

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.

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.

South Africa's Olympic champion Caster Semenya also highlighted her versatility with a commanding 800m-1,500m double at Carrara Stadium.

For Sindhu, this was the second CWG singles medal of her career, the first being bronze at Glasgow 2014.

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. New Zealand are expected to win the semifinal and face Australia in a re-match of the Rio Olympics final.

"It was the intention of the Closing Ceremony creative to have the athletes involved from the very start of the show, enabling them to be all part of the celebrations, " read the statement.

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".

It was presented to the Mayor of the City of Gold Coast, Councillor Tom Tate, who then presented the Flag to the CGF president.



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