Minster's Ross Wilson wins table tennis gold at Commonwealth Games

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2018

Their success is a timely boost for the sport before next year's world cup, being staged in Liverpool.

"Most athletes aren't used to running multiple rounds in April". "If we can get such results in our first global appearance, it means we can do more", he said. "It shouldn't be an excuse".

The 66 medals is also two medals more than Glasgow 2014, overall, although it was still a long way off the 101 medals the country won at the 2010 Games, which were hosted by India. They became the first team apart from Australia and New Zealand to win netball gold.

The second highest medals tally of 69 came in 2002 in Manchester: 30 gold along with 22 silver and 17 bronze. Swimmer Adam Peaty was beaten in the 50m breaststroke final and Alastair and Jonny Brownlee finished off the podium in the men's triathlon.

"I've been talking to families that were there as well and Kate Jones (Commonwealth Games Minister) also shares that view".

"You have to take note of that".

"From its beginnings. the Games were always created to be more than just a sporting spectacle". Commonwealth medals are incredibly hard to get.

The marathons kicked off the final day of competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games and they got underway in blazing sunshine on the Gold Coast.

"You sometimes feel embarrassed about over-egging the pride of wearing the Scotland jersey, but this meant so much".

In table tennis, it was a memorable Games for Manika Batra as she picked up medals in all events she competed in - Singles Gold, Women's Doubles Gold, Women's Team Gold and rounding off the Games with Mixed Doubles Bronze.

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They're all great wins and it's a brilliant day for the supporters. "We have a way of playing that we know can win games". Knowing what these games are about, and knowing how tense and edgy they can be, always makes them special occasions.

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.

But the chairman of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee said the event had answered an overhanging question. Para-cyclist Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham won double gold at the velodrome. "You have truly delivered a golden Games for the Commonwealth".

In fact, it was the weightlifters who set the ball rolling with their best ever performance - the highlight of which was the absence of any doping suspicion. We can't affect what other people do.

"It hasn't really lived up to expectations and I've got to say it's about the only thing they got wrong, but they did get it wrong tonight".

Akani Simbine led a South African 1-2 to win the men's 100m in 10.03 seconds, while Jereem Richards was handed the 200m after England's Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for hindering the Trinidadian as they raced across the line in 20.12 seconds.

"India's contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has made every Indian extremely proud. It has a very powerful future", Beattie told reporters on Sunday. Those teenagers were fearless.

"If you value people, you include them, it's that simple".

Kom, 35, is a former five-time world amateur champion who won a bronze medal in the 51-kilogram division at the London Olympics in 2012, but failed to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016. Boxers Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik won silver medals in the 49 kg and 60 kg men's boxing categories.

Winners: McClenaghan's gymnastics gold was the defining moment of the Games for Northern Ireland.

Gold medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye clinched first gold for the country in the women's wrestling freestyle 57kg after defeating India's Pooja Dhanda with a 7-5 victory by points.

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