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Gold Coast Glory And Basketball Love On Comm Games Day 10

Gold Coast Glory And Basketball Love On Comm Games Day 10

Overall, Australia won 198 medals on the Gold Coast - 80 Gold, 59 silver and 59 Bronze.

Regardless of how well Australia does at the Commonwealth level, the gold standard in sporting excellence for Australians is the Olympic Games.

Over at the Hockey fields the Kookaburras claimed the Gold in a 2-0 win over New Zealand, while the Hockeyroos couldn't match that result in the Women's final, losing to the Kiwis 4-1 to take home the Silver.

"The way they have represented their country and represented the Commonwealth Games, it has been outstanding".

Team Nigeria won 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Bolt's heir apparent Yohan Blake stumbled in the individual 100m and had to settle for bronze, while double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson went home with just a relay silver.

A contrite Peter Beattie has apologised for the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony after athletes were left out of the broadcast, earning a scathing on-air broadside from the Channel Seven hosts.

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Australia also dominated the cycling by taking 14 of the 26 golds up for grabs in the velodrome, on the road and up the mountain with their men's 4000m team pursuit team setting a world record in the final.

The Commonwealth Games has lost its standing for a number of interrelated issues, including the lack of success by Australian athletes in major events, declining grassroots participation in Commonwealth Games sports, and a growing unease towards commercialised sport.

Harlow-born Jo Harten helped England's netballers stun favourites Australia to win their first Commonwealth Games gold medal.

There has also been a loss both of what the Games symbolised, as well as outside political factors.

But early today, as she and her team took on their sport's most formidable opponent, Helen Housby took a shot that has made sporting history, scoring in the very last second of the 60 minute game to secure victory.

The closing ceremony came under immediate fire, not least from the presenters on Australian broadcasting rights holders Channel Seven, for sidelining the athletes and spending too much time on long-winded speeches.

"Gold Coast - you were AWESOME", he said.


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