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None were cheaper than Australian boxer Taylah Robertson's bronze won after she lost her only bout in the women's 54kg.

England was distant second with 45 golds, India next-best with 26. "I got my first cap in Glasgow four years ago so the Commonwealth Games has a lot of special meaning to me and I'm so happy to be here". "But we were thinking it was going to be a bit more competitive".

It wasn't a complete failure for the Jamaicans who defied the stereotypes, winning steeplechase, triple jump, discus and shot put gold medals.

Overall, Australia won 198 medals on the Gold Coast - 80 Gold, 59 silver and 59 Bronze. So did two gymnasts, England's Nile Wilson and Cypriot Diamanto Evirpidou.

Three Australians - swimmers Cate Campbell, her sister Bronte and 17-year-old Ariarne Titmus - won three gold.

The Campbell sisters, McKeon and Shayna Jack created a fresh world-best 4x100m freestyle relay time, while cyclists Leigh Howard, Kelland O'Brien, Alex Porter and Sam Welsford set a new world benchmark in the 4000m team pursuit.

Andy said he was targeting a top eight finish but deep down he was dreaming of joining his fellow Welsh team members with a medal around his neck with family members having trekked half way around the world to watch him in action.

A contrite Peter Beattie has apologised for the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony after athletes were left out of the broadcast, earning a scathing on-air broadside from the Channel Seven hosts.

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"The team has been unbelievable".

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Closing ceremony - Carrara Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia - April 15, 2018 - General view of the closing ceremony.

Off-fields, the Gold Coast's Games were mostly trouble-free.

Australia has now topped the gold medal tally in 13 of the 21 editions of the Games.

The Games have been painted by organisers as Australia's chance to burnish its image for sportsmanship after a Test cricket cheating scandal which shocked the nation.

The closing ceremony came under immediate fire, not least from the presenters on Australian broadcasting rights holders Channel Seven, for sidelining the athletes and spending too much time on long-winded speeches.

"So we don't get into that comparison".

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