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Commonwealth Team give Wales Success Platform

Following numerous medal winners and high quality performances from Welsh athletes in Delhi, the future for Wales is bright. However, if we are to be recognised as a nation that can deliver systematic success, there needs to be a step change in the way we develop elite sport, according to Sport Wales.

Team Wales has picked up 19 medals and sit a healthy 15th on the official medals table. While the medals per head of population table places Wales ahead of all the other home nations, and only just behind Australia and New Zealand.


New Zealand end Commonwealth Games with 36 Medals, on a high following Netball win

New Zealand's Delhi campaign came to an epic close today as New Zealand's Silver Ferns claimed gold against Australia in the final event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. An ecstatic Irene van Dyk surrounded by her team mates accepted accolades from the dozens of Kiwi athletes who turned out to spur the Silver Ferns to victory.

Gold medalists Valerie Adams and Joelle King, together with teammates from cycling, weightlifting, swimming, gymnastics and more had rallied behind the Silver Ferns. The attitude of athletes and the team has been the stand-out feature of the Delhi Commonwealth Games for Chef de Mission Dave Currie.


New Zealand beat Australia to Netball Gold in thrilling Final

The Silver Ferns finished New Zealand's Commonwealth Games campaign in brilliant style today by beating world champions Australia 66-64 to win the netball gold medal. The match, one of the most memorable ever played, was level at 47-47 at the end of fulltime, and when the 14 minutes of extra time was played, the score was 58-58.

From there it went into golden goal - the first team to lead by two would win. The teams, so evenly matched, fought all the way to 64-64 before Maria Tutaia, New Zealand's star player, sank the winning shots. Tutaia had a superb game, shooting 41 from 50 attempts. What's more, many of her attempts were from well out from the post. She shouldered a huge burden. Irene van Dyk, who is generally New Zealand's shooting kingpin, landed 25 goals.

New Zealand trailed 10-9 at quarter-time and 23-20 at halftime, but had a decisive third quarter and led 35-33 at three-quarter time. In the final quarter the Silver Ferns went ahead by seven, but some accurate shooting by Catherine Cox, introduced at goal shoot, brought Australia back into the match in the final few moments.

Tutaia was lost for words afterwards. "I knew it would be like that," she said. "It was always likely to be a close one."

She said the pressure of the situation had got to her in the exciting final stages. "I was nervous out there. I was cramping and just trying to sink the shots."

When Tutaia landed her last shot she leapt for joy and the New Zealanders converged in a circle of laughing and cheering.

For New Zealand, Casey Williams and Katrina Grant played the entire game in the defence circle. Joline Henry and Anna Scarlett split the wing defence duties. Laura Langman played the full game at centre and Temepara George and Liana Barrett-Chase shared the wing attack job. Barrett-Chase was extremely effective, adding punch to the attacking effort at just the right time.

The result means that New Zealand have successfully defended their Commonwealth Games title. The match itself was like a replica of the final the two teams played at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, except that on that occasion it was the Australians who got there in sudden death extra time.

New Zealand edge out unlucky England to Men's Hockey Bronze

The third-seeded New Zealand men's hockey team grabbed the Commonwealth Games bronze medal today, beating England in a penalty shootout after scores had been deadlocked at 3-3 at the end of fulltime and extra time.

The result was ironic for New Zealand hockey because yesterday the women's Black Sticks dipped out in their gold medal match against Australia when they lost a penalty shootout.

For New Zealand, it was nearly the match they let slip away. They held a two-goal lead and looked likely victors until Steve Edwards was yellow-carded after a collision with England captain Barry Middleton. It allowed England to fight back from 3-1 down, with Simon Mantell scoring all three England goals.


Glasgow 2014 stage awesome Handover Ceremony, ready to take the Commonwealth Games a level higher

Glasgow 2014 has staged an outstanding Handover Ceremony, successfully combining elements of traditional Scottish heritage, the beauty of rural Scottish life and the more modern, urban and dynamic cityscape in Glasgow. The performance was designed by an internationally renowned creative team put together by Unspun, led by Executive Producer Catherine Ugwu and Creative Director Mark Fisher, both known for their multiple prestigious Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The team developed a creative performance that would involve people of all levels of dance and performance experience and showcase the best of Scotland. A modern take on a proud Scottish heritage was highly visible in the form of tartan, kilts, bagpipes and the Loch Ness monster, all of whom made an appearance in the mass choreographed piece. Iconic architecture of Glasgow was the centrepiece to the performance, in the form of a 30m long replica of one of Glasgow's famous buildings, the Clyde Auditorium - known by most as the "Armadillo".


Team Canada Names Cyclist Tara Whitten as Closing Ceremony Flagbearer

Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) and Cycling Canada are proud to announce that cyclist and quadruple Games medallist, Tara Whitten (Edmonton, AB), has been named Team Canada's Flag Bearer for the closing ceremony at the XIXth Commonwealth Games. The announcement was made today at Team Canada's Closing Press Conference at the Main Press Centre in Delhi, India.

Whitten had an outstanding performance at these Games, the only Canadian athlete to win four medals - a gold in the women's road time trial and three bronze medals in the 3,000m individual pursuit, the 25km points race, and as a member of the team sprint event.


Badminton Stars strike Gold for India as Nehwal, Doubles team propel hosts to Second place

saina_nehwal.jpgIt was a proud moment for Indian sport as youth icon Saina Nehwal stood at the top step of the podium on winning India their second badminton Gold of the Delhi Games. On a day when India's long standing tradition in hockey was left to lick the wounds of what has been a traumatic year for the sport, culminating in an 8-0 reversal in the Commonwealth Games final, the women shuttlers stood tall glistening in the spotlight as first the doubles team of Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta and then young Saina Nehwal clinched twin Golds.

The significance of those two Golds was clear to the knowledgeable crowd who thronged to the Sirifort Sports Complex for the Commonwealth Games finale, as not only did they notch up a century of medals for the host nation, but also propelled India past England into second place in the Medals Tally. It could have all been very different though as England were left to suffer immense disappointment, losing in three badminton finals themselves, ironically none of them in direct competition with the hosts.


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