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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Sierra Leonean athlete can stay in UK after three-year legal fight

Jimmy Thoronka, who was found sleeping rough a year after competing at Commonwealth Games, granted leave to remainA Sierra Leonean sprinter who absconded from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was found sleeping rough on the streets of Lond…

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Callum Hawkins: ‘Did I win?’ Collapsed marathon runner not angry at organisers

Scotsman couldn’t recall if he won Commonwealth Games marathon Hawkins was ‘desperate for medal’ but blamed himself not organisers for collapseScottish athlete Callum Hawkins has revealed he asked ambulance staff whether he had won the Commonwealth Gam…

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‘Winning netball gold is a game changer’: Housby basks in surprise win

Goal scorer Helen Housby hopes Commonwealth triumph will lead to boost for her sportIt’s one week on from the sensational last-second goal that could change English netball for ever. Scorer Helen Housby has hardly removed her Commonwealth gold medal. I…

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England’s netball success shines light on thriving UK club scene

Last-gasp Commonwealth gold could inspire more women to don a bib and get fit, clubs hopeIt has often been dismissed as a schoolgirl’s sport, or basketball for women. Football fans scoff at its strict zones, which allow only one player to zip between e…

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Gold Coast’s Games finale lowers bar for follow-up at Birmingham 2022

Eleven days of slick operation were somewhat undermined by two bum notes struck in the final 24 hours on the Gold CoastThe organisers of Birmingham 2022, possibly daunted by following an event so well received on the ground, may have felt some relief a…

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Commonwealth Games closing ceremony: Peter Beattie apologises for debacle

Broadcasters furious they were unable to show athletes entering the stadium, while spectators rushed the exits during endless speechesCommonwealth Games organisers have apologised after stinging criticism on social media of Sunday night’s closing cerem…

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‘Share the dream’ – the Games that celebrated disability sports

The 2018 Commonwealth Games was the most inclusive sporting event ever held, with 38 para medal events woven into the schedule alongside able-bodied events. Our photographer Carly Earl met several of the stars“Australia made it the best,” says 15-year-…

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Commonwealth Games: the Gold Coast performances that didn’t go to plan

If you are going to have winner, inevitably it means there will be losers. Here are a few of the people who would probably rather forget their time at the 2018 Commonwealth GamesAs the closing ceremony bought the curtain down on 11 days of Commonwealth…

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Commonwealth Games 2018 closing ceremony – live!

Email daniel.harris.casual@theguardian.comOutcry over delay in assistance to collapsed Callum HawkinsEngland stun Australia with penalty shot to win netball gold 10.34am BST BBC have just shown a rerun of the netball. “Stupendous,” says Tracey Neville….

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England stun Australia with penalty shot on the siren to win netball gold

Thrilling Commonwealth Games final goes right down to the wireFirst time a team other than Australia or New Zealand have winKadeen Corbin did a black flip, Helen Housby sobbed and coach Tracey Neville declared it a dream come true after England won Com…

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Australian basketball rides crest of wave after second Commonwealth gold

Boomers dismiss Canada 87-47 on the Gold CoastMen follow in women’s footsteps with victoryAustralian basketball’s purple patch, what is being hailed as something of a golden era, is showing no sign of abating after the men’s team followed in the footst…

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Marathon greats condemn Games organisers over Hawkins treatment

‘That should never happen’ – Paula Radcliffe rebukes organisersParamedics take minutes to render assistance to prone athleteCommonwealth Games organisers were heavily criticised for not providing sufficient medical assistance to a Scottish marathon run…

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Commonwealth Games 2018 day 11: basketball, netball and sevens – live!

Updates from the final day of action on the Gold CoastMedal table: the latest standings from the Gold CoastFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @JPHowcroft 2.41am BST Saina Nehwal has taken gold in an all-Indian women’s singles badminton final….

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Frazer Clarke out of Anthony Joshua’s shadow to win Commonwealth gold

• World champion’s ‘sparring partner’ beats Satish Kumar in final• Clarke caps England boxing’s best Games display with six titlesAt 6ft 3in and weighing more than 14st, Frazer Clarke is not accustomed to being in anyone’s shadow but when you train wit…

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Late call-up Lorraine Ugen anchors England to Commonwealth relay gold

• Long jumper drafted into 100m team with less than 24 hours notice• Women match gold show delivered by England’s menA long jumper by trade, Lorraine Ugen rarely covers more than 40m down the runway but she stepped into England’s 100m relay squad with …

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Australia win basketball gold despite controversial Liz Cambage ejection

Australia beat England 99-55 in Commonwealth Games finalOpals star misses over half game after being ejectedAustralia coach Sandy Brondello said during the week, in reference to Liz Cambage, that one great player does not a great team make. Brondello w…

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Fitter, healthier, more productive: the data that shows squash is in good nick

The players at the Commonwealth Games make it look easy, but data scientists have proven just how tough this sport isBy James Willstrop for Willstrop’s WorldSquash has struggled to reach a wider audience for some time but its governing association, the…