The Games also featured their first transgender athlete, and gay English diver Tom Daley caused a stir when he urged the 37 Commonwealth countries that outlaw homosexuality to change their laws.
"This medal and each one of my medals is special to me because I have worked equally hard for them". HAHA! Massive thank you to the Commonwealth Games for having me play such a huge part in both the Opening & Closing Ceremonies in my home town - it was such a huge honour!
Despite the finale being heavily criticised, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie labelled the last 11 days as "innovative" and "inspirational".
For a CGF constantly fighting the perception that a multi-sport event which sprung from the British Empire is an anachronism, there was confidence that the movement was firmly on the path back to relevancy. Batra won a medal in all the events she competed in (four), and returns from the Games as the most decorated athlete.
"What we tried to do is look after the welfare of the athletes because they've got to stand somewhere before they go in the stadium, and we didn't want them standing in a field nearby for an hour", Beattie, a former Queensland Premier, said.
"From its beginnings. the Games were always created to be more than just a sporting spectacle".
Instead, we got Usain Bolt pretending to press some buttons next to the fluoro-blue-and-gold Lovecraftian Horror known as "Borobi".
England were soundly beaten by Australia, Scotland and Wales had their best overseas results, and Northern Ireland matched their medal total of four years ago - but what is the reality behind the Commonwealth Games numbers? Hosking held off several challenges over the past 200 meters from eventual silver medal victor Georgia Williams of New Zealand and Wales rider Danielle Rowe, who took bronze.
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei holds his gold medal after beating India's Srikanth Kidambi in their badminton men's gold medal match.
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Aside from wearing jerseys, the Bridgewood students also made artwork for a commemorative wall in their school's lobby. It didn't matter whether it still fit, what team it was, what shape it was in, or even if it was a hockey jersey.
Zempilas: Performance from our athletes have been spectacular.
(L-R) Silver medallist Nigeria's Quadri Aruna, gold medallist Singapore's Gao Ning and bronze medallist India's Sharath Achanta pose during the podium ceremony for the men's singles table tennis event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios venue in Gold Coast on April 15, 2018.
South Africa's Olympic champion Caster Semenya also highlighted her versatility with a commanding 800m-1,500m double at Carrara Stadium.
"They're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games". India finished at the third position on the table behind Australia (198) and England (136). New Zealand are expected to win the semifinal and face Australia in a re-match of the Rio Olympics final.
Generally, the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony acts as a celebration of the athletes achievements - a giant love-in and thank you as the host nation hands over the reins to the future hosts with a big party.
Gold Coast and Australia bid farewell to thousands of athletes, officials and visitors from overseas with a glittering and emotional ceremony.
"I'm even prouder that in my video for this song I featured a young gay couple - which was also brought to the world stage for this performance!"
"It means everything", she said of her all-around gold.