Twitter reacts to 'disappointing' Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

Ross Wilson

All Indian Wrestlers return with medals.

Kenya's Kinyamal wins the men 800 m in Australia.

"These Games have changed the conversation; changed the way we think about the Commonwealth, about the city of Gold Coast, about Queensland, about what it means to be a Commonwealth citizen and that's the start of a legacy", Grevemberg said.

"The secret to my success is my fitness and I am very quick". Anas ran his heart out in the final but missed the podium by a whisker.

The total of 66 also ensured that India crossed the 500 medals mark on the all-time charts in the Commonwealth Games, becoming the fifth country to do so. In shooting, for example, the likes of pistol shooter Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala or rifle shooter Mehuli Ghosh, announced their arrival with a bang as did Om Mitharwal in men's 10m air pistol event where he won a bronze. The CWG 2018 medal tally, by the way, was two medals more than the previous edition 0f the Games in Glasgow in 2014 and the second best show by India in CWG outside India after the Manchester Games in 2002. The seasoned Jitu Rai, Sanjeev Rajput, Shreyasi Singh, Tejaswini Sawant and Heena Sidhu too cornered glory.

Despite the finale being heavily criticised, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie labelled the last 11 days as "innovative" and "inspirational".

There were five medals in the shooting, while Gareth Evans won gold in the men's -69kg weightlifting and teenage gymnast Latalia Bevan was a surprise silver medallist on the floor.

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However, there was also a series of protests by indigenous activists who dubbed them the "Stolenwealth Games", a reference to Britain's colonisation of Australia. Saina also played a lead role in India's triumph in the mixed team competition. Srikanth was involved in an equally entertaining men's singles final against Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei.

Manika Batra was simply sensational in the table tennis events. On the athletics track, England's sprint relay teams won double gold. This increased Nigeria's medal haul to eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

In squash, defending champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa settled for the silver medal in women's doubles after losing 9-11, 8-11 to New Zealand's Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy.

M.C. Mary Kom's debut in her first CWG proved to be a memorable one as she secured gold in 45-48 kg category boxing event. Vikas Krishan and Gaurav Solanki too punched their way to gold medals.

"One of the problems is when you've got thousands of athletes, where do you put them?" he said. But the Indians were guilty of squandering numerous chances against the Kiwis in the semifinals and bowed out 3-2 before going down to England in the play-off.

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

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