CWG 2018: Mary Kom India's flagbearer at closing ceremony


While Canadian officials came into the Gold Coast with a stated goal of 100 medal wins from their athletes, their real aim was to use this event as a stepping stone towards Tokyo.

The Indian athletes were led by boxer MC Mary Kom as flag-bearer.

She said she may give the Olympics another attempt - "if I am fit enough, I will go for Tokyo 2020". "So if my body allows, I will go".

"It's very hard", said Kom, reflecting on returning to the boxing ring after the birth of her youngest child.

Rugby sevens has been part of the Commonwealth schedule since 1998 and New Zealand have won five of the six gold medals on offer. The powerlifters won four gold and two silver while the table tennis team won three silver. However, hosts Australia accumulated 198, just 31 fewer, all by themselves on the Gold Coast.

Another former Australian Idol star, Anthony Callea.

Cambage, who will begin playing for Dallas in the WNBA in May, picked up an unsportsmanlike foul early in the game and was sent from the court three minutes into the second quarter after picking up a technical foul for arguing with the referee.

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Scannell also chipped in with three draw controls and a ground ball, while Graziano collected four ground balls and three draws. Southern Virginia continued to dominate in the third frame, scoring six more times to bring the unanswered goal streak to 13.

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Zero failed drug tests were reported during the event, although India twice fell foul of the Games" "no needle policy' and had two athletes ordered home.

Australia's retiring captain Mark Knowles bowed out a victor after the Kookaburras won their sixth straight Commonwealth Game title by beating New Zealand 2-0 to win the men's title at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia blitzed the medal tally with 80 gold, making it the country's fourth most successful Games, while arch-rivals England had a final tally of 45 golds.

What do the stats say?: Outside the Commonwealth Games, which Scotland have hosted, Gold Coast 2018 was the country's best since 1982 in terms of the 5.2% share of medals won, according to Gracenote. "I wouldn't have come if I didn't have to", he said.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin in his speech said the 2018 edition broke new ground with Women's Rugby 7's, Beach Volleyball and Para Triathlon medals awarded for the first time as part of the largest integrated sports programme in Commonwealth Games history. We're actually wrecking a tradition that's so important. "It hasn't really lived up to expectations", Zempilas fired away (a full transcript of their comments is in today's West Australian). Jonathan Mould of Wales took silver and South Africa's Clint Hendricks took the bronze, all in the same time.

India won a total of 64 medals, including 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze, at CWG 2014.

Several high profile athletes like England's Adam Peaty and Australia's Kyle Chalmers appeared to be down on performance, as is often the case at this stage in the Olympic cycle.