Commonwealth Games organisers in damage control after closing ceremony broadcast outrage

Commonwealth Games organisers in damage control after closing ceremony broadcast outrage

Commonwealth Games organisers in damage control after closing ceremony broadcast outrage

Despite the finale being heavily criticised, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie labelled the last 11 days as "innovative" and "inspirational".

Instead, Seven shared footage shot earlier on Sunday night of the athletes in the stadium, including Fearnley.

The broadcast of the ceremony was pretty conspicuously missing the usual footage of athletes and flagbearers entering the stadium, which meant we didn't get to see wheelchair racing gold medallist Kurt Fearnley carry the Australian flag for the last time before retiring.

A dazzling closing ceremony starring Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, The Veronicas, Amy Shark and Yothu Yindi brought the 12-day Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to the finish line, a decade since they were envisioned.

Scotland's Robbie Simpson took bronze in the marathon, but it wasn't all good news after Callum Hawkins collapsed, on a dramatic final day at the Commonwealth Games.

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"We have witnessed high performance sports at its best on the Gold Coast".

It was a successful Commonwealth Games for Australia as they finished with 80 gold medals, 59 silver and 59 bronze and broke a host of Games' records. His medal is only the fifth track-and-field Gold for India at the Commonwealth Games - the other four being Milkha Singh (1958), discus thrower Krishna Poonia (2010), the women's 4x400m relay quartet of Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji and Mandeep Kaur (2010) and shot-putter Vikas Gowda (2014).

"All of a sudden I saw the guy to my left come through and I was a bit like "woah", Arnott told Reuters.

Silver medals were grabbed by Mehuli Ghosh, Heena Sidhu, Sawant, Anjum Moudgil and bronze medals by Ravi Kumar, Om Mitharwal (two bronze), Apurvi Chandela and Ankur Mittal.

The 21 Commonwealth Games concluded in Australia, today (April 15).

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The Tall Blacks need to pick themselves up from a shocking performance in their semifinal defeat against Canada yesterday if they want to leave the Gold Coast with a medal. "Yes we did stuff it up", he said.

"You know what, it was a attractive games, it was an fantastic games. Again, we got that wrong", he tweeted.

"But there are two words that are very applicable for these Games". But they put their best foot forward as that is what mattered and that is the motto of the Games - Share the dream. "And they were inspirational".

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. And para events were intertwined with able-bodied.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg believes the full integration is essential if the Games are to reflect the mission of the movement.

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