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Category: Commonwealth Games 2018

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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…

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Commonwealth Games 2018 day 10: athletics, cycling, boxing and more – live!

Live updates from the final full day of competition on the Gold CoastFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @rrjparkin 6.18am BST And if you love a new anthem – run over to the Oxenford Studios right now where the brass band is banging out Namibia…

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Sound and vision: how a blind photographer shot the Games

Australian Andrew Follows is blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other, but his sense of hearing – and his labrador Leo – helped him capture the spirit of the Commonwealth GamesWith Leo, his labrador, fast asleep on the pool deck, Andrew Foll…

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Tom Daley brings focus to Commonwealth countries’ anti-gay laws – video

Tom Daley has used the aftermath of his 10m synchronised diving gold to strongly condemn anti-gay laws in 37 Commonwealth countries. Daley, a four-times Commonwealth gold medallist, is married to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, with whom he is expecti…

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Commonwealth Games day nine – in pictures

The best images from the Gold Coast as boxers, athletes and rugby sevens takes precedent among those going for glory Continue reading…

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Wild celebrations as Australian lawn bowler claims Commonwealth Games gold

Aaron Wilson whips off shirt and throws it into crowdLaetisha Scanlan defends trap crown on 28th birthdayPremeditated victory celebrations are not something usually associated with the genteel world of lawn bowling, but clearly no one told Aaron Wilson…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins heptathlon gold but rebuffs treble talk

• England athlete sealed Commonwealth Games medal on Friday• European Championships present another golden opportunityEngland’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson sealed a heptathlon gold at the Commonwealth Games before downplaying her chances of completing a …

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‘A monumental moment’: women’s rugby sevens kicks off at the Commonwealth Games

Australia, New Zealand and Canada in imperious form on a boisterous night at the Gold CoastThe chance to make history fell to Caroline Crossley after just 51 seconds at Robina Stadium. The Canadian forward burst over the line and touched down to become…