SA near the bottom in terms of gender equity at Commonwealth Games

Gao said "It was one of those matches where sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. You've made us all very proud", he said.

"Twice I've been the runner up, now the victor but at the Commonwealth Games, I've won men's team and men's doubles gold medals..."

"I didn't see Kurt at all, which is really sad because you think as the flagbearer you get this huge honour to do such an important role and it seemed like no one really congratulated him on his role of being a para-athlete and being one of the best in the world".

From a handful of exhibition wheelchair races in Victoria in 1994, the Paralympic element of the Commonwealth Games has grown to 38 medals in seven sports on the Gold Coast.

Wales enjoyed a successful Commonwealth Games, equalling their record total from Glasgow with 36 medals and doubling their tally of five golds from four years ago.

NAN reports that Nigeria's Oluwatobiloba Amusan won Gold in women 100m, while Suwabidu Galadima also won Gold in men's T47 100m.

For King it was a second gold medal in an exhausting week as she also took the women's singles title and for good measure bronze in mixed doubles.

"Inclusion is the Commonwealth Games' future, it's what makes us extraordinary", said organising committee chairman Peter Beattie.

Brandt said that shouldn't be a consideration given athletes have already competed.

In the women's table tennis event, the Indian team won its first ever Commonwealth Gold.

While the shooters, weightlifters, wrestlers and the boxers were expected to bring home the maximum share of medal, there was a significant new addition to that in table tennis.

"The calibre of athletes has been unparalleled, showcasing world record holders, sporting greats and breakthrough performances from young athletes", Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said in her address.

The athletes entered Carrara Stadium before the television broadcast and were barely shown to TV audiences as they stood in darkness on the fringe of the stage. She beat Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the light flyweight final on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Quadri said he was satisfied with the silver he won as it was better than going for bronze.

Prince George high-jumper Alyx Treasure had her first taste of competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Australia's Michael Shelley ran past the Scot on his way to victory. It may not have the surf nor the sunshine, but it has something much more valuable: the flawless blueprint for how to preserve the Commonwealth Games for what it is today thanks to these glorious 11 days on the Gold Coast: more relevant, more essential, more vibrant than ever before.

  • Joanne Flowers