After 11-days of competition that has seen 4500 athletes, from 71-nations, competing in 17-sports, a thrilling 20th Commonwealth Games came to an end last night in Glasgow, in what is being hailed as the greatest Commonwealth Games ever to be staged.
Whether watching or competing in Scotland over the last week or so, few would argue the value of entertainment which has seen 261 of the most talented athletes be crowned Commonwealth Champions in their respective events, has been unprecedented to the previous 19-editions.
Over the years critics have suggested the Queens Games, that take place every four-years, are out of touch with the modern, commercial and profit driven world of today's sport and is an event that doesn't feature very high up on the priority list of a number of the competing athletes.
All I can say that if this mindset persists after the superb showpiece in Glasgow, that has seen no fewer than 142 Games records, including nine world records, then one wonders if it is the critics that are out of touch, and not the event itself.
Scotland had never hosted a sporting event of this magnitude before and for those that thought that they couldn't pull it off, well you were hopelessly wrong.
World class venues, typical Scottish hospitality and most importantly, a stunning 53 medals in all for the host nation, which saw them finish fourth in the overall medals table, are just some of the reasons that have contributed towards an enormously successful event.
Another home nation, England, finished top of the medals table, dethroning the mighty Australia for the first time since 1986.
England finished with an overall total of 174 medals, a staggering 58 of them gold, nine clear of the normal table toppers Australia.
Lulu and Kylie Minogue brought the curtain down on 11-days of sporting excellence last night at Hampden Park, which featured Glasgow handing over the Games Baton to the 2018 hosts, Gold Coast City in Queensland, Australia, and GiveMeSport would like to express our congratulations to the hosts and all competing athletes on a phenomenal effort.
Most importantly GiveMeSport would like to express our sincere congratulations on the medal winning performances of our very own athletes.
Join us in applauding our athletes on their achievements during the 20th Commonwealth Games.
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