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Commonwealth Games final medal table: Home nations success or failure on Gold Coast?

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English gymnast Nile Wilson won three golds and two silvers on the Gold Coast, while Scottish cyclist Katie Archibald took gold in the individual pursuitEngland were soundly beaten by Australia, Scotland and Wales had their best overseas results, and Northern Ireland matched their medal total of four years ago - but what is the reality behind the Commonwealth Games numbers[/img]
2018 medal table
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Gold Coast 2018 final medal table
2014 medal table
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Glasgow 2014 final medal table
Underperforming England[/IMG]
According to data analysts Gracenote Sports, Gold Coast 2018 was England's second-worst performance in the 21 editions of the Commonwealths. They won 16.2% of the medals available, only delivering a lower percentage at Melbourne 2006 (15%) - which was also staged in the northern hemisphere spring."These championships come very early in the season for athletics," American eight-time world champion Michael Johnson told BBC Sport."Most athletes aren't used to running multiple rounds in April."Sprinter Adam Gemili, who withdrew from the men's 100m final with injury, said: "We all knew it was going to be in April and had plenty of time to prepare for that. It shouldn't be an excuse."
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Australia's media have been unforgiving, with one outlet calling England's performance "woeful"What do the stats say[/img]
"You have to take note of that."Sarah Winckless, chef de mission for England, on the criticism the team has faced"There's never a nailed-on gold in sport. Commonwealth medals are incredibly hard to get."I think 'woeful'[/i] would be very, very unkind - and, in fact, unnecessary - for the amazing performances that we have had. For us, we've got really close to our best ever away performance - we didn't quite achieve it."
Scottish smiles
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Katie Archibald wins women's 3,000m individual pursuit
"You sometimes feel embarrassed about over-egging the pride of wearing the Scotland jersey, but this meant so much."That was cyclist Katie Archibald's reaction when she claimed individual pursuit gold in what would prove to be Scotland's most successful away Commonwealth Games.They won 44 medals on the Gold Coast - 14 more than the team's pre-Games target and only nine fewer than four years ago at home in Glasgow.[b]What do the stats say?:
Outside the Commonwealth Games, which Scotland have hosted, Gold Coast 2018 was the country's best since 1982 in terms of the 5.2% share of medals won, according to Gracenote.Winners: Duncan Scott, Scotland's closing ceremony flagbearer, won six swimming medals, including a stunning 100m freestyle gold, while Grace Reid became the first Scottish diver to win Commonwealth gold. Alex Marshall is now the country's most successful Commonwealth competitor after a fifth gold. Para-cyclist Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham won double gold at the velodrome.Disappointments: Lynsey Sharp failed to qualify from the 800m heats despite winning silver four years ago in Glasgow.What they saidScotland chef de mission Jon Doig"When you look at these Games, the fact we've had medals across so many sports and medals coming in every day has been absolutely fantastic."It's our best ever overseas games, we're very, very happy. We can't affect what other people do. All I can say is every athlete was fully committed, passionate and left nothing on the table when they were competing for Scotland."
Simpson bronze lifts Scotland to 44 medals
Welsh youth shines
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Barker wins Wales' first track cycling gold since 1990
Wales enjoyed a successful Commonwealth Games, equalling their record total from Glasgow with 36 medals and doubling their tally of five golds from four years ago.There were five medals in the shooting, while Gareth Evans won gold in the men's -69kg weightlifting and teenage gymnast Latalia Bevan was a surprise silver medallist on the floor.And while she did not win a medal, 11-year-old Anna Hursey more than impressed in the table tennis, helping Wales to the quarter-finals of the team event.What do the stats say?: Gold Coast 2018 was the best Commonwealth Games for Wales with a 4.1% share of medals, beating Edinburgh 1986 and Auckland 1990 (both 4.0%).Winners: Cyclist Elinor Barker produced a stunning performance to win points race gold, Hollie Arnold set a world record with her final throw to claim the F46 javelin title and Sammy Lee and Lauren Price won boxing golds.Disappointments: Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene was forced to withdraw because of injury, while swimmer Jazz Carlin failed to defend her 800m freestyle title from Glasgow, finishing sixth in the final.What they saidWales chef de mission Nicola Phillips"The future looks very bright when you look at the number of teenagers we had in the squad. Those teenagers were fearless."They weren't put off by being in a field of world champions or world record holders."
Wales finish seventh in medal table
Northern Ireland equal Glasgow haul
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Commonwealth Games: Northern Ireland's McClenaghan beats Whitlock to pommel horse gold
Northern Ireland matched their total of 12 medals from Glasgow four years ago with the sole gold coming from 18-year-old gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, who beat Olympic champion Whitlock to win the pommel title - his nation's first Commonwealth medal in artistic gymnastics.Eight of the medals came in the boxing ring, while sprinter Leon Reid won 200m bronze and Kirsty Barr and Gareth McAuley won trap silver and skeet bronze respectively on the shooting range.What do the stats say?: Northern Ireland's performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games was slightly down on 2010 and 2014, but 2018 was one of the country's top three performances in the competition since 1994.Winners: McClenaghan's gymnastics gold was the defining moment of the Games for Northern Ireland.Disappointments: Despite winning eight medals, Northern Ireland's boxers may well feel there should have been some golds among them. Michaela Walsh thought she had beaten Skye Nicolson in the featherweight final, but three of the five judges scored the bout in favour of the Australian.What they saidGymnast Rhys McClenaghan"There is a lot more to come from Northern Ireland and after these Games, I think we'll have a big spike in terms of participation and also performance level of athletes."
'Youth shines bright for Northern Ireland on Gold Coast'
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