England revel in 'best' Games

England celebrate top finish in the medals table as the Commonwealth Games draw to a close in Glasgow.

    Hampden Park witnessed a grand closing ceremony [Getty Images]
    Hampden Park witnessed a grand closing ceremony [Getty Images]

    England topped the medals table as Glasgow 2014 celebrated the end of a memorable 20th edition hailed as the best Commonwealth Games by Federation president Prince Tunku Imran.

    "The Commonwealth Games are known as the Friendly Games. Glasgow has succeeded in making them even more than that," Prince Imran told the rejoicing crowd. "Scotland, and Glasgow, you really have delivered in every aspect the best Games ever. Glasgow you were pure, dead brilliant."

    Final medals table
    (Top-5)
         G   S   B  Total 
    1 England 58 59 57 174
    2 Australia  49 42 46 137
    3 Canada 32 16 34 82
    4 Scotland 19 15 19 53
    5 India 15 30 19 64

    Welsh rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones, who won six medals at the Games, received the David Dixon award after being named as the outstanding athlete in Glasgow before the handover to the Gold Coast took place.

    Earlier, India's Parupalli Kashyap overcame a bout of complacency to win the gold medal in the men's badminton singles on the last day.

    The 27-year-old came from behind in the deciding game to beat Singapore's Derek Wong 21-14 11-21 21-19 and become the first Indian man to win badminton gold at the Games for 32 years.

    Canada's Michelle Li beat Kirsty Gilmour, the first Scottish woman to reach a singles final at the Games, 21-14 21-7 to win gold. 

    Welshman Geraint Thomas overcame the drama of a late puncture in treacherous conditions to win the men's road race.

    England's Lizzie Armitstead, who won silver medals at Delhi in 2010 and the London 2012 Olympics, took gold in the women's 98-km road race.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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