Closing ceremony marks games end

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Nigerian athletes recorded an impressive outing at the just concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia.

"It was such a magnificent Games, how can you stuff up the closing ceremony?" "I can't be more honest about it than that", Beattie said in an interview on the Sunrise morning news show.

The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England in 2022.

Mayor Tom Tate told the team they were "all great Australians".

It was perhaps apt that these invigorating, sun-and-sandals Commonwealth Games resolved themselves in the image of Usain Bolt hitting the decks with a gyrating blue koala.

Martin said a rebranding exercise is under way for the Olympic-style event, which started as the British Empire Games in 1930 but is now keen to stress its promotion of "humanity, equality and destiny". She also gave special mention to the Yugambeh community and in particular the Indigenous Working Groups and local Yugambeh Advisory Group who contributed to and supported the delivery of the Games.

On Sunday about 100 protesters were blocked from marching to the stadium by a heavy police presence, preventing a repeat of the tense confrontation before the opening ceremony. India added two more medals after this as well, which put the overall number at 502 by the time the competition came to an end.

Officials in turn lashed out at spectators who took pictures of Hawkins as he lay in distress. Michaela Walsh thought she had beaten Skye Nicolson in the featherweight final, but three of the five judges scored the bout in favour of the Australian.

Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe tweeted that there were "big questions" for the organising committee and medical staff. "Never seen that happen before #ClosingCeremony #CG2018".

Batra also spearheaded the Indian women's TT team gold medal victory beating powerhouse Singapore in the finals. New Zealand are expected to win the semifinal and face Australia in a re-match of the Rio Olympics final.

According to data analysts Gracenote Sports, Gold Coast 2018 was England's second-worst performance in the 21 editions of the Commonwealths.

Hellen Obiri, in the best form of her life, was among those that won Gold for Kenya, winning the 5,000 Meters race, previously won by Mercy Cherono in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.

India's ace badminton player Srikanth Kidambi secured the top rank in the latest BWF rankings and is the first male badminton player from India to do so. The fact that Indian athletes achieved more gold medals than silver or bronze is an achievement in being able to turn things around when it matters and in crucial junctures of the competition.

Saina and Sindhu were involved in an intense, high tempo women's singles final.

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