Concluding ceremony of Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast

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The legend of M C Mary Kom (48kg) grew larger as she became the first Indian woman boxer to claim a Commonwealth Games gold, joined by Gaurav Solanki (52kg) in the top-finishers' group after the first set of finals evn as India won seven gold medals here on Saturday. Slotting in at third place after the Delhi Games where 101 medals were won and Manchester 2002 (69), the Gold Coast CWG saw India win 66 medals - 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze.

Then England will host the XXII Commonwealth Games in 2022 and the flag of the Commonwealth Games was also handed over to them during this stunning extravaganza with millions of people enjoyed the enthusiasms showed by the athletes from around the world including Pakistan.

"Today I'm dedicating my medal to my mum, but I want to represent India at the (Tokyo) 2020 Olympics and to be there when they raise the Indian flag", the 22-year-old said looking ahead.

South Africa was the highest placed African country as they finished in the sixth position with 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals. Saina displayed superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory for the second CWG singles title of her career.

"While the curtains come down on this Games, the future of sports in the Commonwealth is very bright indeed, in fact, in 2018 the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Sports are more relevant than ever before".

As well as sports, there was also face painting, giant games and blender bikes, where children could blend up a smoothie with pedal power.

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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei fought back from a game down to beat India's newly-crowned world number one Kidambi Srikanth in the men's badminton final.

The last two games were totally one-sided as the veteran Malaysian star handed out a masterclass in placement and deception. Overall, Batra won four medals at the CWG. Thank you to both my partners for holding me together through these 2 weeks.

Deepika Pallikal Karthik, the wife of Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik, and compatriot Saurav Ghosal won silver for India in the squash mixed doubles. She bagged bronze in the mixed doubles table tennis competition in the company of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. India pocketed a total of eight medals in table tennis.

The Games also featured their first transgender athlete, and gay English diver Tom Daley caused a stir when he urged the 37 Commonwealth countries that outlaw homosexuality to change their laws.

Organising committee chairman Beattie said the decision was made to limit the time athletes, many of whom were worn out from competition, had to wait outside the stadium.

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