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    Curtain draws on Glasgow CW Games hailed as 'the best ever'

    August 05, 2014

    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games were hailed as "the best ever" on Sunday as the 11-day showpiece came to an emotional conclusion inside a chilly Hampden Park.

    "The Games have made us all very proud and truly brought our family together," said Prince Imran, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), during a closing ceremony which fused the pop of Kylie Minogue and poetry of Rabbie Burns.


    "Scotland, and Glasgow, you really have delivered in every aspect the best Games ever."


    Prince Imran's warm endorsement echoed similar praise earlier in the day from Mike Hooper, chief executive of the CGF, who described the event as "the stand-out Games in the history of the movement".


    With more than 4,700 athletes having competed for 261 gold medals on offer, the Commonwealth Games flag was then entrusted to officials of the 2018 Games to be hosted by Australia's Gold Coast.


    England started the day already assured of top spot in the medals table for the first time since 1986, dethroning Australia.


    By the end of Sunday's action, with just 11 more titles to be decided, England had captured 174 medals of which 58 were gold. Australia finished on a total of 137 with 49 gold. Third place took by Canada with 82 medals while Scotland ended up with a record 53 being the 4th place of medals table.


    India's final medals tally at the CWG stands at 15 Gold, 30 Silver and 19 Bronze, a total of 64 medals.


    Sri Lanka is standing 29th place within 71 countries with only one silver medal  parallel to the Bangladesh, Isle of Man and Nauru in the medal table of CWG 2014.


    The Silver Medal for Sri Lanka was won by Sudesh Peiris for Men’s Weight Lifting in the 62kg category on the 2nd day of CWG. This was his second in this event after claiming the Bronze medal at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. Peiris became the fourth athlete to win multiple medals in this event. Peiris won silver with 273kg (123+150) this time.(KH)


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