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Glasgow 2014 has been
hailed as "the standout Games
in the history of the move-
ment" by the Commonwealth
Games Federation chief exec-
utive Mike Hooper.
After 11 days of action across
17 sports, the event came to a
close at Hampden Park yester-
day evening, with hosts Scotland
finishing fourth overall with a
record haul of 19 golds and a
best-ever tally of 53 medals.
England has topped the medal
table for the first time in 28
years, Wales has surpassed its
target of 27 and Northern Ireland
has reaped its largest tally since
the Games was last in Scotland
in 1986. The Isle of Man has a
silver to celebrate, thanks to
cyclist Peter Kennaugh s efforts
in the points race. But Jersey
and Guernsey failed to register.
It is the third time in its 84-
year existence that the event has
been staged in Scotland---after
Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986---
and chief executive Hooper
maintains it has been the best.
"In my view, they are the
standout Games in the history
of the movement," said the New
Zealander of the 20th edition.
"The way in which the people
of Scotland and Glasgow have
embraced the Games right from
the get-go has been incredible."
After an underwhelming stag-
ing in Delhi four years ago, and
the withdrawals of a succession
of big names in the build-up to
Glasgow, there had been con-
cerns over whether such success
would be forthcoming. But all
the events have been well
attended and, for the most part,
the weather has also been
favourable, as a new generation
of athletes have taken their
chance to impact on the public
Botswana s Nijel Amos beat
world record holder and Olympic
champion David Rudisha in the
800m; Scotland s Ross Murdoch
stunned poster boy and com-
patriot Michael Jamieson to take
golsd in the 200m breaststroke;
English 16-year-old Claudia Fra-
gapane claimed four gymnastics
golds and 13-year-old Erraid
Davies took a swimming bronze
Scottish postman Charlie
Flynn s response to winning
lightweight boxing gold made
him a cult figure, as did Lynsey
Sharp s gutsy 800m silver just
hours after being hooked up to
a drip in the village hospital.
Rhythmic gymnast Frankie
Jones ended her career by win-
ning six gymnastics medals for
Wales and the hosts flag-bearer
Euan Burton concluded his
career with judo gold minutes
after English wife Gemma Gib-
bons claimed silver.
Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica
to 4x100m relay gold to make
everyone forget about claims he
had been disparaging about the
Games; South African swimmer
Chad Le Clos won a record-
equalling seven medals; North-
ern Ireland s Olympic gold
medallist Paddy Barnes made
history by retaining his light-
flyweight title and England s
Nicola Adams claimed the first
ever women s boxing gold; Eng-
land s Tom Daley took 10m plat-
form diving gold; and David
Weir romped to his first Com-
monwealth title in the men s
That was one of 12 English
Para-sport medals---from a tally
of 174---with Scottish athletes
claiming seven from a total of
53 and their Welsh counterparts
three from 36.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thomp-
son has praised the programme,
but the Welsh 11-time Para-
lympic gold medallist says some
Commonwealth nations still
"need to do more" before the
21st Games in Australia s Gold
Coast four years from now.
Of the 17 sports on the Glas-
gow schedule, judo will be
absent in 2018. That means 13
medallists from both England
and Scotland, two from Wales
and one from Northern Ireland
will not get the chance to emu-
late their successes.
Instead, the home nations
basketball players will get their
chance to shine.
Whether judo will return for
2022 is unclear. So, too, is the
venue for those Games, with
Canadian city Edmonton and
South African city Durban both
bidding to host the event.
"The entire executive board
of the Commonwealth Games
Federation have been delighted
with the Glasgow Games,"
added Hooper. "They are all
very excited about the future
of the movement going forward
to Gold Coast [in 2018] and
What effect the events of the
past 11 days will have on Glas-
gow and Scotland will not be
clear for some time either.
David Grevemberg, the chief
executive of Glasgow 2014,
believes the city has shown
that it has a "special way of
"I believe this is the begin-
ning, not the end," the Amer-
ican said. "The legacy of these
Games will live on in the chil-
dren it has inspired and I
hope, as a committee, we have
done all we can to ensure that
Glasgow 2014 becomes a part
of everybody s lives in some
Hailed the best in
its 84-year history Usain Bolt has taken a swipe at BBC Sport
presenter Gabby Logan after she allegedly said
people were enjoying the Games without the
sprint star. The Jamaican sprinter claims he
heard the presenter say "they are enjoying the
Games without (Yohan) Blake and me" during
a BBC Sport broadcast.
Speaking shortly after steering his country to
victory in their 4x100m heat, he insisted he was
"a fun person," before giving a jig to the camera.
Logan replied that she actually said the Games
were "okay without him and now he s here it s
better, obviously it s better."
It comes days after a bitter war of words has
erupted at the Commonwealth Games over
reports in The Times that Usain Bolt called the
event "a bit sh*t".
The Jamaican sprinter dismissed the claims
as "nonsense" and "lies" on Twitter while his
manager said the story was "utter rubbish."
Games organisers publicly backed Bolt s version
of events at a morning press conference, saying
the athlete should be taken at his word.
On Friday evening, Bolt reiterated his enthu-
siasm for the Games, describing the event as
"just like the London Olympics."
Referring to The Times journalist, Bolt said:
"I can t believe she actually said that. You know
me, first of all I would never use that word if
I was going to say that, but for me, I love com-
"I m here because of the fans and because I
want to be at the Commonwealths. I am enjoying
it, it s been good and people have been so nice
to me so I d never say something like that.
"It s great, for me, everything has been good,
just the weather, it s too cold for me.
"The fans have been wonderful, I am happy
to be here and I m looking forward to enjoying
what s going on."
Bolt takes a
swipe at BBC
England's netballers have finished their Commonwealth Games campaign without a medal after again falling just short of victory in
Glasgow. Jamaica defeated England 52--48 in the bronze medal game at Glasgow's 10,000 seater Hydro yesterday. The score had been
tied 37--37 at the end of the third quarter.
COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2014
• Almost 3.5 million people passed through the city's Central
• More than 50,000 cuddly Clyde Mascots were sold
• 1.2 million tickets were sold
• An estimated 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables were
• 171,000 people attended the Rugby Sevens---a record for the
• 15,000 Clydesiders volunteered at the Games
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