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.
"Congratulations Team India on your 3rd place finish at Commonwealth Games 2018 with 26 Gold Medals".
Northern Ireland matched their total of 12 medals from Glasgow four years ago with the sole gold coming from 18-year-old gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, who beat Olympic champion Whitlock to win the pommel title - his nation's first Commonwealth medal in artistic gymnastics. "But it also needs to be legitimate sport and I think the performances here speak for themselves". I plan well before bouts.
Hollie scored her second goal immediately after as the English caught the Indian defence on the wrong defence on the wrong foot with a fast counter-attack.
"We made a mistake", he said, and claimed the organising committee didn't want exhausted athletes to have to stand outside for ages waiting to come in.
Even hosts of the closing ceremony Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas were critical of how the closing ceremony went down during Channel Seven's coverage of the event.
"I'm sorry you're being way too polite", Griggs responded.
"I have to train to keep myself calm".
"But I held my form and I came away with a silver medal so I'm really happy".
"You sometimes feel embarrassed about over-egging the pride of wearing the Scotland jersey, but this meant so much".
But despite the high fitness levels, she wouldn't commit on whether the outlandish possibility of a 2020 Olympic appearance is on her mind. "Them to me, me to them as much as I can", he added with a laugh.
Interestingly, a Reddit user that claimed to be at the ceremony pointed out that the stadium was almost empty and the organisers were playing a fake cheer over the PA system at the end of each song. I was waiting throughout her whole routine for a moment where her head disappeared. I have sparred with her so I knew her gameplan well. "I told myself that all these people are not shouting "India India" but are actually saying Inam, Inam!'" In the closing ceremony, the Indian contingent was led by boxer Mary Kom, who claimed a gold medal after making her event debut at 35.
The quartet of Patience Okon-George, Glory Nathaniel, Praise Idamadudu and Yinka Ajayi won silver in the women's 4x400m relay.
It wasn't the most ideal sunset I was hoping for but once the light faded and I could balance the lighting of the stadium and the sky it made for a satisfying general view over the beach volleyball venue.
"It's our best ever overseas games, we're very, very happy".
"Gold Coast - you were AWESOME", he said.
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