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The closing day of the 2018 Commonwealth Games lived up to expectations and then some as Australia finished as clear medal table victors on a frantic final day of action down under, with 198 medals to their name.
Netball was one sport in which the hosts were denied the top prize, however, as England rallied to take gold with the last shot in their final against the Diamonds.
Australia’s men’s basketball team had more fortune, however, and joined their female equivalents in finishing atop the medal podium, while nearby neighbours New Zealand won sevens gold in the men’s and women’s fields.
The athletics events were dominated on the final by Australia, who accounted for three of the four golds distributed in the marathon events, while England, India and Malaysia monopolised the badminton medals.
Read on for a recap of the final day on the Gold Coast, complete with a look at the top 10 finishers in the medal table.
Final Medal Table: Top Finishers
1. Australia: 198 (80 Gold, 59 Silver, 59 Bronze)
2. England: 136 (45 G, 45 S, 46 B)
3. India: 66 (26 G, 20 S, 20 B)
4. Canada: 82 (15 G, 40 S, 27 B)
5. New Zealand: 46 (15 G, 16 S, 15 B)
6. South Africa: 37 (13 G, 11 S, 13 B)
7. Wales: 36 (10 G, 12 S, 14 B)
8. Scotland: 44 (9 G, 13 S, 22 B)
9. Nigeria: 24 (9 G, 9 S, 6 B)
10. Cyprus: 14 (8 G, 1 S, 5 B)
Visit the official Commonwealth Games website for a breakdown of the medal share in full.
Amid the elation of what was largely a very successful closing day for Australia at the Commonwealth Games, England’s 52-51 win over their hosts in the netball final was a rare anomaly on Sunday.
English sprinter turned broadcaster Katharine Merry was at the Gold Coast’s Commera Indoor Sports Centre and captured the moment Helen Housby scored with the last attempt of the match to win a shock result:
England excelled after overcoming adversity to beat semi-finalists Jamaica, who defeated New Zealand 60-55 and came away with the bronze medal in tow.
While that victory was a narrow one, Australia’s triumph in the men’s basketball final was anything but as they almost doubled Canada’s points tally to cement their spot as Commonwealth champions:
Basketball Australia @BasketballAus
Congratulations to the 🇦🇺 Australian Boomers, @GC2018 GOLD MEDALISTS! An 87-47 victory over Canada clinches a dominant campaign as they average a winning margin of 37pts! #GoBoomers #GC2018Basketball https://t.co/eTHeGaNkE9
This was basketball’s first time back at the Games since its only other appearance in 2006, when it was also Australia who won, and New Zealand claimed another beating Scotland 79-69 in the bronze-medal game.
The Kiwis did manage to go not one but two better in the rugby sevens, meanwhile. The women’s team edged Australia 17-12, where Portia Woodman, Kelly Brazier and Michaela Blyde scored crucial tries, while the men’s team scored a convincing 140-0 rout of Fiji:
All Blacks @AllBlacks
Congratulations to the New Zealand men’s and women’s sevens teams who have both taken out the Gold Medal at the @GC2018 Commonwealth Games 🥇 #GC2018 #EarnTheFern https://t.co/PUEPd1iFDW
Australia would have claimed a clean sweep in the marathon events had Helalia Johannes not won a second Commonwealth Games gold for Namibia in the space of 24 hours. She won the women’s marathon less than 24 hours after compatriot Jonas Jonas boxed to gold in the men’s 64-kilogram division.
Michael Shelley won the men’s marathon in controversial circumstances as he passed Scotland’s Callum Hawkins, who had collapsed from exhaustion en route to victory, per ABC’s Luke Pentony. Fortunately, Team Scotland confirmed in the aftermath that Hawkins’ state was improving:
Team Scotland @Team_Scotland
CALLUM HAWKINS UPDATE: We are very pleased to report that Callum is sitting up and speaking with his Dad and Team Scotland medical staff. He is undergoing further tests as a precaution and we all wish him a speedy recovery. END
Indoors, Nigerian Quadri Aruna won gold in the men’s table tennis, while Gao Ning and Yu Mengyu of Singapore dominated England’s Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho 3-0 to snatch doubles gold.
Daryl Selby and Adrian Waller made up for that miss by winning England gold in the men’s squash doubles, also adding another three golds to the nation’s tally in the badminton’s mixed doubles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles.