End of Commonwealth Games : Africa Bags 97 Medals, Hosts Australia Finish with 198 Medals

The 2018 Commonwealth Games has come to an end with dramatic victories in Netball and Rugby against this year’s hosts, Australia.

New Zealands’s women’s Rugby team beat Australia in the final with a try in sudden extra time, winning 17 – 12, while England’s netball team also shocked title favorites Australia with a decisive penalty shot in the last seconds of the game winning 52 – 51. They became the first team apart from Australia and New Zealand to win netball gold.

Australia still managed to lead the medal’s table with 80 gold medals, and a total of 198 medals.

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Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son Prince Edward called on the athletes to gather again in Birmingham in four years time before officially closing the XXI Games.

The Prince said; “Every four years these Games bring the spirit of our Commonwealth alive.”

“So I call sportsmen and women from all countries and territories of the Commonwealth to come together in four years’ time in Birmingham, England, to celebrate the 22nd Commonwealth Games.

Africa was represented on the medals’ table by South Africa in the 6th position with 13 gold medals and a total of 37 medals, Nigeria in the 9th position with a total of 24 medals and Kenya in the 14th position with a total of 17 medals.

End of Commonwealth Games : Africa Bags 97 Medals, Hosts Australia Finish with 198 Medals

Other African countries on the medals table included Uganda with 6 medals, Botswana with 5 medals, Namibia with 2 medals, Cameroon with 3 medals, Mauritius, Seychelles and Ghana, each with 1 medal.

Africa’s medals  on the final day of the games came from Namibia’s Helalia Johannes who won the women’s marathon in two hours, 32.40 minutes, Uganda’s Munyo Mutai who won silver in a dramatic men’s marathon where Scotland’s Callum Hawkins collapsed inside the final five kilometers after leading for most of the race.

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English city Birmingham was awarded the next Games in 2022 after original hosts Durban were stripped of the multi-sport event for failing to meet Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) deadlines.

Martin said before the flag lowering ceremony; ‘‘congratulations Gold Coast, congratulations Queensland and congratulations Australia. You have truly delivered a golden Games for the Commonwealth.’‘

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