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Live Coverage: Commonwealth Games - August 3 - as it happened

Recap Sports Mole's coverage of the final day of the Commonwealth Games.
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The 2014 Commonwealth Games came to an end on Sunday night following 11 days of incredible drama and excitement.

England, Wales and hosts Scotland each enjoyed their most successful ever Games, while more countries won medals than ever before.

In all 261 gold medals were collected at Glasgow 2014, with Australia winning the last of them in the men's squash doubles.

You can see how the day unfolded below.


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We've currently got the women's cycling taking place, we'll have the fallout from that once it reaches its conclusion...

As we wait for the cycling to draw to a close, Usain Bolt has been speaking about the possibility of retiring. We'll have the full story with you soon.

Here's that Bolt story in full. The fastest man on the planet has hinted that he may call it a day at the end of the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Paula Radcliffe has described Jo Pavey's bronze medal win in the 5000m as her moment of the Games. Catch the full story here.

Sunday sees the final of the badminton mixed doubles and whatever happens, it will be a silver and gold finish for England. Chris and Gabby Adcock take on compatriots Chris Langridge and Heather Olver. We'll have the story with you when it finishes!

England's netball team have just got underway in their bronze-medal match against Jamaica and coach Anna Mayes thinks that her side will be looking to end the Commonwealth Games on a high. Full story is here.

Another bronze-medal match involving England is taking place this morning - the Men's hockey game is currently underway, and we'll of course keep you informed on how that goes later today.

Usain Bolt has been talking about how much he has enjoyed the Games following his gold in the relay. He also stated that the selfie-craze has made his lap of honour take considerably longer than he ever imagined! Full story here.

GOLD FOR ENGLAND IN THE BADMINTON We were guaranteed gold and silver for England in the badminton final and it is Chris and Gabby Adcock who have taken it.

JAMAICA TAKE NETBALL BRONZE

Romelda Aitken plundered 44 of Jamaica's 52 points as they beat Anna Mayes's side in the medal-match. Catch the full story here.

Geva Mentor has been giving her immediate reaction following the bronze medal-match defeat to Jamaica and she believes that the physical nature of the match took its toll on the team. Full story here.

England's hockey team have taken bronze in their medal-match against New Zealand after a penalties victory.

Anna Mayes has been expressing her disappointment after the loss to Jamaica. The netball coach said that she was "absolutely gutted" to miss out on the bronze. Catch the story here.

Dan Lewis here taking you through the next four hours or so of the 10th and final day of Commonwealth Games action. It's been an action-packed morning, and I'll start proceedings by bringing you a full report from England men's dramatic penalty flick victory over New Zealand earlier today in the bronze-medal final.

England players celebrate as they win bronze after a shoot out in the bronze medal match between New Zealand and England at Glasgow National Hockey Centre during day eleven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 3, 2014© Getty Images


MEDAL UPDATE! Kirsty Gilmour has missed out on a gold medal in the women's badminton singles following a 21-14 21-7 defeat against Michelle Li of Canada.

MEDAL UPDATE! A highly successful 2014 Commonwealth Games for England just keeps on giving in terms of medals. Lizzie Armistead and Emma Pooley have today won gold and silver respectively in the women's 98kg road race. Click here to read how they did it.

Australia have battled back from a game behind to beat New Zealand 8-11 11-9 11-8 to win the squash mixed doubles bronze-medal match at the Scotstoun Campus. They have a chance of taking gold in the event as well, but England stand in their way later today.

Reflecting on her badminton women's singles gold-medal final defeat from earlier today, Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour says that she is happy with her "almost perfect" showing at the Games.

MEDAL UPDATE! Kashyap Parupalli has just defeated Singapore's Derek Wong to win gold for India in the men's badminton singles. It's a second spot on the podium in the singles event for India after R V Gurusaidutt's victory over Rajiv Ouseph in the bronze-medal final yesterday. You can read a report from the Emirates Arena by clicking here.

MEDAL UPDATE! Australia continue their dominance of the men's hockey at the Commonwealth Games by beating India 4-0 in the gold-medal final. It's the Kookaburrus fifth gold in the last six Games, with the only other winners of the competition, ironically enough, being India.

MEDAL UPDATE! It's another gold for Australia, this time in netball with victory over New Zealand. These two sides have contested all five netball finals since its Games inception in 1998, although unlike in the previous two tournaments Australia came out on top with a 58-40 triumph.

If you missed England's dramatic men's hockey bronze-medal victory over New Zealand earlier today, you can read Sports Mole's report from the National Hockey Centre right here.


MEDAL UPDATE! England have the opportunity to win three squash medals today, and Daryl Selby and James Willstrop have got the ball rolling with bronze in the men's doubles.

Sticking with squash, Adrian Grant and Nick Matthew contest in the men's doubles final today, while Peter Barker and Alison Waters are currently 10-8 down against Australia in the first game of the mixed doubles final. As ever, updates and reports from both matches will follow.

MEDAL UPDATE! It's a third badminton women's doubles gold for Malaysia in the last four Games thanks to Khe Wei Woon and Vivian Kah Mun Hoo, who have this afternoon defeated reigning champions India in straight sets.

And with that we now have just eight more medals to be handed out in Glasgow 2014 across four contests.

The Australia team celebrate with their Gold Medals after winning the Men's Gold Medal Match Final between India and Australia at Glasgow National Hockey Centre during day eleven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 3, 2014© Getty Images


MEDAL UPDATE! England have had to settle for a silver medal in the squash mixed doubles final. Australia had too much for the pairing of Peter Barker and Alison Waters, winning 11-8 11-10 at the Scotstoun Campus.

Still to be decided today: Badminton men's doubles gold-medal match, squash men's doubles gold-medal match and the men's road race. It's looking good for Wales's Geraint Thomas in the latter of those events, and a gold medal - his country's potential fifth - could be on the cards. Simon Sinclair is in position to take you through the conclusion of Glasgow 2014's competitions.

Afternoon all. I greet you with news of near disaster for Geraint Thomas in the road race. The Welshman sustained a puncture, but fortunately his lead was so great he managed to get his wheel changed in time to preserve his advantage. Drama!

GOLD FOR WALES! Thomas holds out to win the gold in the road race in a dominating performance. He managed to keep his composure despite suffering a puncture to claim the Commonwealth title. Meanwhile, New Zealand's Jack Bauer edges out Scott Thwaites for the silver medal, meaning the Englishman clinches bronze.

Team England head coach Bobby Crutchley has admitted that he was delighted to see his side pick up the bronze medal in the men's hockey as they defeated New Zealand on penalties.

Geraint Thomas has admitted that he is disbelief following his gold-medal win for Wales in the men's road race at the Commonwealth Games.

He told BBC Sport: "Winning is unbelievable. I never expected it."


SILVER! The last medals of the Commonwealth Games have been decided and England duo Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant have won the silver medal after losing their men's squash doubles final to Australia's Cameron Pilley and David Palmer.

England's Scott Thwaites has revealed that he was disappointed to miss out on a silver medal in the men's road race by inches as Jack Bauer managed to just beat him on the line, forcing him to settle for bronze.

Geraint Thomas's day just keeps on getting better. Following his gold-medal win in the men's road race earlier today, he has now been selected as Wales's flagbearer in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Team England's Jodie Williams feels that her debut at the Commonwealth Games couldn't have gone better as she claimed silver in the women's 200m and a bronze in the women's 4x100m relay.

Asha Philip, Bianca Williams, Jodie Williams, Ashleigh Nelson of England celebrate winning bronze in the Women's 4 x 100m Relay Final at Hampden Park during day ten of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 2, 2014© Getty Images


Olympic champion Usain Bolt has revealed that he wants to shift his focus away from the 100m towards the 200m in future competitions. The 27-year-old has also hinted that he could retire after the 2017 World Championships.

Team England have topped the medal table at the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 1986 with their 58 gold medals in Glasgow, ending Australia's recent dominance.



Nick Matthew feels that he and his teammate Adrian Grant did themselves proud at the Commonwealth Games by winning the silver medal in the men's squah doubles.

Matthew's partner Adrian Grant feels that they didn't get the luck in the gold-medal match as the Australians clinched the gold.

Well that's it from me. I'll now hand you over for the final hours of our coverage of the Commonwealth Games to Dan Lewis. Over to you Dan!

Thanks Simon! That's right, I'm here to take you through the final few hours of the 2014 Commonwealth Games - what an event it has been! Even today on the tenth and final day we have had drama and excitement aplenty, including Geraint Thomas's sublime performance in the men's road race.

A late puncture looked as though he had blown his gold medal hopes, but he soon bounced back to take Wales's fifth gold of the Games. England's Scott Thwaites finished third, and he has admitted Thomas was a worthy winner.


Only 12 of the original 140 riders in today's men's road race completed the course, and Team England's Russell Downing has acknowledged that finishing narrowly outside of the medal positions in fourth place is "not too bad".

We're just 10 minutes away from the closing ceremony of Glasgow 2014 now, but it feels like only yesterday that Nick Matthew carried the flag out for England in the Celtic Park curtain raiser. He won silver in the squash doubles earlier today to add to his earlier men's singles gold, and he says that he is 'happy with his week's work'.

Scottish band Deacon Blue are currently whipping the Hampden Park crowd into a frenzy as the closing ceremony gets underway with a bang. Hockey star Kate Richardson-Walsh has been selected to carry the flag for England later in the ceremony, which she describes as being 'an honour'.

BREAKING NEWS! Team Wales gymnast Frankie Jones is awarded the David Dixon Award for being Glasgow 2014's 'outstanding athlete'.

Rhythmic gymnast Francesca Jones of Wales receives the David Dixon Award during the Closing Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park on August 3, 2014© Getty Images


More on that news regarding Welsh gymnast Frankie Jones, who was named as the 'outstanding athlete' of Glasgow 2014 earlier this hour, can be found by clicking here.

The ceremonial flag has now been handed over to Gold Coast officials - the hosts of the Games in four years' time.

Queensland Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, said: "Thank you Glasgow for taking us into your homes and your hearts and making us feel so welcome. In the last 11 days, we have experienced more energy, more excitement and a depth and warmth of friendliness like never before.

"On behalf of the people of City of Gold Coast in the state of Queensland, Australia, we accept with the greatest pride the responsibility of staging the 21st Commonwealth Games in 2018. We will aim to emulate your outstanding success."


Move over athletes, Kylie Minogue is about to take to the stage.

Singer Lulu performs during the Closing Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park on August 3, 2014© Getty Images


Meanwhile, the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games, Mike Hooper, has described Glasgow 2014 as being the best in the history of the famous event. Some praise indeed! Read what else he had to say right here.

The end of the Commonwealth Games is an obvious time for reflection, and England's chef de mission has fond memories of Glasgow 2014. Jan Patterson has a lot of praise for the current crop, and says the future also looks bright for English athletes. Click here to read her comments in full.

Glasgow 2014 will be remembered fondly by England, Scotland and Wales, who have each enjoyed their most successful Games ever. The final medal table in full can be found here.

There's now a man playing the bagpipes on the roof of Hampden Park. It seems to be working - the whole of the stadium now have their arms linked in unison as the closing ceremony enters the last stretch.

And that is that, folks. The closing ceremony is over, and so too is Glasgow 2014. Not to worry, we'll still be with you for the next hour or so to bring you reaction from the England camp, and also some concerning news involving Indian officials...

News has emerged tonight regarding two Indian officials who got caught up in separate incidents on Saturday night in Glasgow which led to both being arrested. Click here to read more on this story.

As promised, there's more reaction to bring you from Team England's camp following another successful day across a range of sports. Emma Pooley took silver in the women's road race this morning, but the 31-year-old has admitted that she did not expect to finish on the podium in her final road race.

It's still early days, but will the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia be as successful for the Home Nations?



The star name of the Glasgow Games, Usain Bolt, has all-but confirmed that the 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Games would be his first and last. He has tonight added further fuel to the fire, and retirement after the Olympic Games in Rio looks a real possibility. Read his comments here.

For 10 days Sports Mole has brought you results, reaction and exclusive interviews from right across the 2014 Commonwealth Games. All good things must come to an end, however, and this concludes our extensive coverage from Glasgow.

We will end with a story that shows already that this year's Games has had a positive effect on a global scale, with £5m being raised for children's charity Unicef.

Have a good night, folks. Thanks again for tuning in!


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