Commonwealth Games 2018: England net historic gold

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

The 25-year-old briefly got back to his feet to continue, but he soon collapsed once more and the time it took medical staff to attend has drawn widespread criticism.

British Cycling performance director, Stephen Park, said: "We've been pleased by the performances of British riders on the Gold Coast, which have once again demonstrated the talent, determination and strength in depth that we have within British cycling".

"One little event last night, people still loved it, but I think they would have loved it even more".

The moments of pain and despair, the tears of joy and sorrow were set aside as athletes came together at the Carrara Stadium in celebration.

Commonwealth Games staff have been slammed for the time it took for medical staff to respond to Hawkins as he lay clearly distressed on the roadside, after several minutes passed before the Scotsman was attended to.

Rhys McClenaghan won the team's only gold medal, with seven silvers and four bronze medals picked up as well.

Gold Coast and Australia bid farewell to thousands of athletes, officials and visitors from overseas with a glittering and emotional ceremony.

Beattie was hopeful the finale did not detract from organisers' efforts to put on a successful Games.

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He told Sunrise their decision to not show the athletes walking through the stadium was made based on the competitor's welfare.

"Melissa has trained hard for and focused on this race and it should never be the case that an error on our part prevents an athlete from showing what she can do".

"We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters".

"Organizers were confounded by local media to taking the spotlight away in Australia, also the athletes's flag-bearer Kurt Fearnley claimed it was &ldquo odd".

"I'm furious. Actually wrecking a tradition that is so important". If you want to watch live or stream the closing ceremony - here's where to watch live and free. You want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport.

According to the Courier Mail, Jack Morton Worldwide was in charge of both the opening and closing ceremonies.

It's the second best gold-medal haul after the 1990 Games in Auckland (17) and the total of 46 medals sit behind just the 1990 Games (58) and the 1950 Games (54), also in Auckland.

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