Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony

  • Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony

Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony

The Scots beat England and India in pool play and Nigeria in the quarter-finals before a heavy defeat to Australia in the semifinals. Aussie athletes took home 80 gold medals, 59 silver and 59 bronze for a total of 198 medals.

Still, it was one of Australia's best results at the Commonwealth Games.

The ceremony also featured at least seven speeches by dignitaries, including Mr Beattie, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham - the 2022 Commonwealth Games host city.

Using a very low shutter speed and a panning technique to create great movement and color, I've captured the four man Malaysian team rounding the home bend on day one of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. That didn't change in Gold Coast either.

India too had a memorable Games, finishing third with 66 medals, their third-best haul that will give its athletes the confidence to emulate their performances in tougher events like the Asian Games, world championships and, perhaps, the Olympics.

"I think "woeful" would be very, very unkind - and, in fact, unnecessary - for the unbelievable performances that we have had".

That was cyclist Katie Archibald's reaction when she claimed individual pursuit gold in what would prove to be Scotland's most successful away Commonwealth Games.

With the help of the venue photo team we gained access to the roof of a hotel across the road, giving the best vantage point possible over the stadium on the beach and waited for the sun to set.

Finally, there is the emergence of cynicism towards commercialised sports, amid a growing sentiment that big business has too much of an impact on sport.

Carter High School said it was extremely proud of former pupil Phumelela Mbande, who operated as goalkeeper for the SA hockey team, while swimming coach Wayne Riddin said he was overjoyed at being present to witness an official member of the local Seals club, Brad Tandy, scoop a silver medal in the men's 50 metre freestyle event.

On a balmy Friday evening, 35,000 fans had packed into the Carrara Stadium to watch Caster Semenya seal the middle distance double and New Zealander Valerie Adams attempt to win a fourth successive shot put gold. The Indian contingent won 30 gold at that edition along with 22 silver and 17 bronze. However, there is also the fact that the number of sports for which the countries will be vying for a medal will be far more challenging. Rashid Anwar was the nation's first medal victor at the Games, winning bronze in men's 74kg wrestling in London 1934.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games has come to a close and attention is already turning to the next instalment of the event in four years time. Australia's Michael Shelley ran past the Scot on his way to victory.